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WEEKEND EDITION: I am back, recharged and ready to go. The week off was a nice change from sitting on the ocean, no tides, you don't need a chart to navigate....I rented it again for next year...No ham radio for a week, so let me look around for some news...

Foundations of Amateur Radio

The diversity of our hobby is breathtaking

You've heard me say that amateur radio is a thousand hobbies in one. It's not my idea, but it speaks to me in ways that are hard to articulate. Today I found a way that might give you an inkling just how vast this community is.

One place where our community gathers is on-air, but it's not the only place. There are clubs, websites, email lists, video channels and other outlets all catering for different amateur radio users and their interests. One such place is the social media site Reddit. In the so-called amateurradio sub with currently over 88 thousand members, there is a lively community discussing many of the different aspects of our hobby.

Over the past 24 hours, 23 posts were made in that single community.

"Thanks, K-2722 hunters", was a photo about activating Carolina Beach State Park, as part of an activity called Parks on the Air, or POTA. To participate you can either go to a park, set-up your station and make contacts, or you can stay at home and listen out for people who are doing that.

"It's not high-high, it's hee-hee", a meme around the sound that the Morse Code generates when you send the letter H followed by the letter I, commonly considered laughter.

"Why don't scanners have FM radio?", a discussion around the perceived lack of FM mode on scanners.

"Help with TYT MD-380 CPS", a question from an amateur who purchased a new radio and is looking for software to program it.

"Portable on the Space Coast. QRP on a speaker wire antenna.", a video of an amateur making an activation in Florida and showing off their set-up.

"Could not hit DMR repeater", an amateur sharing that they figured out that they couldn't hit a repeater because they had their radio set to low power and wanted to share that with the community.

"Antenna advice part 2", asking about how to set-up antennas for dual use, how to amplify the signal, use rotators and what kind of coax to use.

"ISS SSTV Aug 6-7 145.800 MHz FM", linking to a news item announcing slow scan television coming from the International Space station in August.

"FT-3DR APRS message question", exploring the specifics on how Automatic Packet Reporting System or APRS messages are sent. Think of it as global distributed SMS via amateur radio.

"Is it okay to leave a handheld radio on while it's on its battery charger 24/7?", with answers to the question that's puzzling one owner of a radio.

"Extra test question", asking about how to learn for the test and wondering if the techniques needed are different when compared with obtaining the "tech" exam.

"Just got my first radio! Now to prep for the test, but first a question about saving time after I pass it...", asking about how to register before the test to speed things along.

And that's just over half way there.

"Maldol TMH-21 / TMH-71 handhelds - any info?", asking about a new to them radio from around 2007.

"2021 Berryville, VA (US) Hamfest - any reddit community members going?", looking for others going to the first hamfest in their region for a long time.

"CB Radio is Going FM! Why is the FCC Doing It?", linking to a video that discusses the changes on how CB radio is getting another mode.

"What is the 'right' way to learn morse?", the age-old question, one that I'm still am working through.

"Sidetone distorted on QCX mini? How do I fix this? It gets better or worse when I move the radio around, but the problem doesn't go away. Anyone else's QCX do this?", with a video showing the issue.

"Aluminium roof trim + HF dipole", with a question on what kind of effects might happen as a result of the combination of the two.

"Never owned a Radio be for please help lol. I got 2 of these on the way any tips for beginners? [sic]", excited new owner looking for advice.

"I finally got my qsl cards printed!", with pictures to show the artistic prowess involved.

"Legality of transmitting digital data over FM audio", asking about the specifics on how data may or may not be transmitted in the United States.

"It's no pie plate on a kayak, but you gotta work with what you have, right?", showing off a frying pan as a magnetic base. If it works, it's not silly at all.

"Very New Here", asking about how to explore radio waves.

Those 23 different posts are all about amateur radio, from one single community, on one day. Each post from someone finding their way in the community, discussing something that's important to them, sharing their experience and contributing to that community. Reddit alone has at least a dozen amateur related communities, covering electronics, specific radios, amateur software development and more.

The thing about this hobby is that it's different things to different people. For some it's about getting on air and making noise, for others it's learning about whatever comes their way. This hobby is so vast because it touches so many aspects of life, it innovates, leads and contributes in ways that are often invisible and that's why it's so engrossing.

What's your latest interest in this hobby and what keeps you coming back for more?

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, named 2021 Newsline Young Ham of the Year

Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, of Palm Coast, Florida, has been selected as the 2021 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year.

Faith Hannah is the daughter of James, WX4TV, and Michelle, N8ZQZ, Lea. Her brother and two sisters are also hams. She credited her parents with being the biggest influences in her entry into amateur radio. She said her journey began at the age of 10 in December 2014.

“I started studying for my Technician license with my brother (Zechariah WX4TVJ),” she recalled. “And we both went in and got it. And two weeks later, I had earned my General ... Then, two months later, I earned my Extra.
“So that allowed me to really get into the stuff that I liked, which was working HF.”
Just 18 months after being licensed, Faith Hannah was invited to join the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX team operating PJ6 from the Dutch island of Saba.
“And that’s when I realized especially that DXing is amazing because I absolutely love those huge pileups and getting to talk to all of those different people,” she explained.
Among her PJ6 achievements was a satellite contact that broke the SO-50 distance world record. She wrote an article about the event which was published in the March/April 2017 issue of The AMSAT Journal.

In August 2018, Faith Hannah took part in the week-long “Youngsters on the Air” program in Johannesburg, South Africa where she participated in kit-building and antenna building projects, satellite operations and a high-altitude balloon launch.
She wrote an article about her experiences in South Africa that was published in CQ magazine.
On the way to South Africa, Faith Hannah and her father, James, WX4TV, had a 22-hour layover in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. They were invited by the Emirates Amateur Radio Society to visit and operate A62A and A60YOZ.

In December 2018, Faith Hannah and her younger sister, Hope, ND2L, and her father organized a 36-hour mini-DXpedition to the Dry Tortugas in the Gulf of Mexico, off the southwest coast of Florida, where they activated N4T. The girls logged 1,970 HF contacts and 100 satellite contacts.

Faith Hannah’s account of the N4T operation was published by CQ magazine, and she and Hope shared the April 2019 cover.
These and other ham radio experiences energized her desire to actively participate in contesting with her family and she has been a regular participant in ARRL Field Day, ARRL International DX contests, CQ WW SSB, and several state QSO parties.

She has participated in several special event operations as well, including National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) activations, the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse in Florida, a 13 Colonies station (K2G) in Georgia, and Jamboree on the Air and Boy Scout Radio merit badge weekends.

She has been active in several clubs in Virginia and Florida over her brief time as an amateur radio operator, finding mentors and friends in each of them. She has served as a net control operator for Volusia, Florida ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) during Hurricanes Matthew, Irma and Dorian.
Faith Hannah completed high school through home schooling. But before doing so, she enrolled in Daytona State College where she earned an Associate of Arts degree at the age of 15.
Presently, she is enrolled in Stetson University in Deland, Florida, where she is recognized as a member of the junior class. She maintains a 4.0 GPA as she works toward earning two different degrees – a Bachelor of Science in molecular and cellular biology and a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Faith Hannah said she is exploring two career tracks – medicine or the law, or possibly both.
In 2020, she earned a $25,000 scholarship from the Foundation for Amateur Radio. And in 2021, a $16,000 scholarship in the “Voice of Democracy” essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars – finishing first in Florida and second in the national competition.

As for amateur radio now and in the future, Faith Hannah says there’s always time for that.
“I know this sounds weird but it doesn’t really take all of my time to do my school, to have fun and to do ham radio,” she explained. “It all just fits in perfectly because a lot of times if I’m getting on the radio and it’s not a contest, I’ll just do it in the evening when gray line is there because that’s usually when I’m free and it’s a great time to make contacts.

“If it’s a weekend, we might take a radio and go out to a park or something and get on the air. And once it starts dying down, we’ll just hang around the park for a couple of hours.”
You can follow Faith Hannah, K3DZ, her family and their activities on their “HamRadio.World” YouTube channel where they have nearly 13,000 subscribers

The YHOTY award is traditionally presented during the Huntsville Hamfest in August at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Alabama. However, because of the spike in the Delta variant of Covid-19, Amateur Radio Newsline will not stage a public presentation at the hamfest this year. Faith Hannah will receive a certificate of recognition and other gifts during an online presentation.

The Young Ham of the Year Award was inaugurated by William Pasternak, WA6ITF, in 1986. Upon his passing in 2015, Bill’s name was added to the award as a memorial to his commitment to recognizing the accomplishments of young people to the Amateur Radio Service.
Amateur Radio Newsline, CQ magazine, and Yaesu USA are primary sponsors of the award, along with Heil Sound Ltd. and Radiowavz Antenna Company.

8-Meter Experimental Station on the Air from the US

WL2XUP is an FCC Part 5 Experimental station operated by Lin Holcomb, NI4Y, in Georgia. It’s licensed to operate with up to 400 W effective radiated power (ERP) between 40.660 MHz to 40.700 MHz.

John Desmond, EI7GL, reports that as of mid-July, WL2XUP was intermittently transmitting on Weak-Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) on 40.662 MHz (1500 Hz) for 2 minutes out of every 10, with an output power of 20 W ERP into an omnidirectional antenna. For FT8 check-ins and tests, an ERP of 100 W may be used. The band is affected by several propagation modes, including tropospheric ducting, sporadic E, transequatorial propagation (TEP), and F2 propagation. As Desmond notes, the 40 MHz band will open a lot earlier than 50 MHz and could be a useful resource for stations monitoring the transatlantic path.

A 2019 Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11843) asked the FCC to create a new 8-meter amateur radio allocation on a secondary basis. The Petition suggests the new band could be centered on an industrial-scientific-medical (ISM) segment somewhere between 40.51 and 40.70 MHz. The spectrum between 40 and 41 MHz is currently allocated to the federal government and, as such, within the purview of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

ARRL member Michelle Bradley, KU3N, of Maryland, filed the petition on behalf of REC Networks, which she founded and described in the Petition as “a leading advocate for a citizen’s access to spectrum,” including amateur radio spectrum.

MARS HF Net Participants Aid in Response to Fatal Maritime Disaster

On July 6, an evening Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) HF practice net in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 2 (New York and New Jersey) was interrupted by several “mayday” distress calls on the channel, which is shared with the maritime service. Net control station Ron Tomo, KE2UK, immediately halted training and attempted (without success) to establish radio communication with the station in distress. Tomo then directed two other net members who heard the distress call — John Hoover, K2XU, and Wayne Gearing, K2WG — to attempt to establish communication and offer assistance.

While the other net members were attempting to contact the vessel by radio, Tomo contacted the US Coast Guard (USCG) Station at Jones Beach Island in New York, which alerted the USCG Sector Command at Long Island Sound to join the MARS operators on frequency. MARS operators remained on frequency to assist the USCG in listening for the distress call.

Several hours later, the fishing vessel Falling Star was identified as missing with 15 individuals on board, all from Honduras. Ten days later, the USCG confirmed that 10 of the passengers survived in a skiff and were rescued by a passing commercial oil tanker — the MTM Amsterdam — which spotted their small craft. Tragically, the skipper of the Falling Star died 1 day before the survivors were found and was buried at sea.

The vessel was en route from Jamaica to Guatemala when it’s reported to have rolled over without warning on July 6, just before midnight.

MARS volunteers alerted the USCG to the vessel in distress several hours before the Falling Star was identified and confirmed as missing. While 10 of those aboard Falling Star were rescued, five others didn’t make it home after this tragic event.

The Jamaica Defence Force (JFD) Coast Guard collaborated with counterparts from the US, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands in the search for the vessel.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report


DON/ANCHOR: Our top story this week looks at signal interference. No one wants it, of course, especially communications systems with thousands of satellites in the sky. Jeremy Boot G4NJH picks up the story from here.

JEREMY: Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, has plans to mandate low-earth orbit satellite broadband systems such as OneWeb and SpaceX's Starlink, to engage in frequency coordination in order to avoid blocking one another's signals. Ofcom has said it will amend the companies' satellite licenses to ensure such coordination happens. They are particularly concerned about interference posing an obstacle when the market opens to additional satellite network companies. The regulator said satellites in non-geostationary orbits have a greater risk of interference with their uplink and downlink transmissions because as they move across the sky, competing satellites can end up in the same antenna direction at the same time, compromising communication with user terminals on earth.

The website, arstechnica.com, revealed the development, noting that Ofcom has issued a more detailed report outlining its concerns. Ofcom identified such constellations as SpaceX, already in beta service, and the proposed Kuiper (Ky-PURR) constellation from Amazon. Ofcom's report also identifies OneWeb, owned by Bharti Global and the UK government which is in its initial phase.



DON/ANCHOR: Shopping for ham radio equipment and other electronics in Switzerland just got a little more complicated. Ed Durrant DD5LP tells us why.

ED: Companies in countries outside the European Union are no longer being permitted to import electronics to customers in Switzerland unless those companies have a business affiliation within Switzerland, according to a posting on the website of the USKA, Switzerland's national amateur radio society.

A translation of the USKA posting says that the use of a Swiss-based "intermediary" for companies in those nations became mandatory as of mid-July. Although Switzerland is not part of the European Union, a trade agreement exists between the EU and the Swiss government.

The USKA's head of political lobbying, Willi Vollenweider HB9AMC, wrote on the website that the organisation considers this action "of strategic importance" to radio amateurs. Willi noted that the USKA hopes to petition the government, during its consultation period, on behalf of Swiss radio amateurs.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Ed Durrant DD5LP.



DON/ANCHOR: If you've ever dreamed of the perfect antenna, well, it doesn't yet exist. But scientists at NASA have developed one they believe is robust enough for one of Jupiter's moons. Here's Ralph Squillace KK6ITB with the details.

RALPH: Think of it as a kind of super antenna: The unprecedented design from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is an all-metal structure created to withstand the intensely radioactive environment of Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. Its designer, Nacer Chahat, a senior antenna engineer at NASA, created it even before an actual robotic lander for Europa becomes a reality. He said it was important to be ready for effective communications from such a harsh, watery, radioactive environment as Europa. Writing on the IEEE Spectrum website, Nacer said the antenna is able to transmit at a high data rate, is lightweight enough to not impede takeoff and landing, can communicate with Earth from 550 million miles away and is resistant to the intense ionizing radiation of Jupiter. He said a critical point was the antenna's construction of circularly polarized union cells that are entirely aluminum. They are capable of transmitting and receiving on X-band frequencies—7.145 to 7.19 GHz for the uplink and 8.4 to 8.45 GHz for the downlink.

Nacer wrote: [QUOTE] "Although it was designed for Europa, it is a revolutionary enough design that we’re already successfully implementing it in future missions for other destinations in the solar system." [ENDQUOTE] He said that meanwhile, the lab might make use of this design in 2026 on a joint JPL/European Space Agency mission to bring rocks back from Mars.

Nacer wrote that when a Europa lander mission becomes a reality, the antenna will further prove its real worth: [quote] "Without a working antenna, the lander will never be able to tell us whether we could have living neighbors on Europa." [ENDQUOTE]

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Ralph Squillace KK6ITB.



DON/ANCHOR: In an emotional ceremony, the International Amateur Radio Union recognized one of its leaders recently but the award—delayed by pandemic restrictions—was delivered posthumously. Jason Daniels VK2LAW gives us the details.

JASON: Not quite two years after the IARU conferred the Michael J. Owen VK3KI Memorial Award to Reinaldo Leandro YV5AM, the honor was finally presented honoring his long service to the international organisation. The ceremony, postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was bittersweet, however. Relatives were on hand to receive the honor on behalf of the former IARU Region 2 president, who became a Silent Key on May 23rd of this year at the age of 79. Reinaldo, who was also an avid DXer and DXpeditioner, died knowing he had been chosen to receive the honor. In an emotional ceremony recently in Miami, Florida, it was presented to his niece, daughter and sister by Ramon Santoyo XE1KK, the current president of IARU Region 2. The award was created in 2012 and bears the name of VK3KI in recognition of his years of service and his giving spirit to amateur radio.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jason Daniels VK2LAW.



DON/ANCHOR: It's tea time! Here's a special event you might enjoy that's....steeped.....in some interesting, and fun, history. Jim Damron N8TMW explains.

JIM: If chasing special event stations is your cup of tea, you might want to check out what's going to be brewing between August 1st through to August 8th. Hams around the country will be calling QRZ on all bands, using all modes, to celebrate the World's Largest Teapot. You heard that right: the celebrated teapot stands 14 feet high and 14 feet in diameter in northern West Virginia near the border with Ohio and the special event coincides with the annual teapot festival in Chester, West Virginia on August 7th.

The local club organizing the event, the Hancock Auxiliary Communications Team, will be using the callsign W8T and will be operating from the site of the teapot itself. There will also be a bonus station, WV8HAT. This is the fifth year for the special event but according to one of the organizers, Justin Shaw W8LPN, this is the first year there will be 10 stations activating using W (number) T callsigns from all call areas around the country. Contact with all 10 gets chasers a clean sweep, known as a Full Cup. Hams contacting all stations plus the bonus station are eligible for a Full Pot. Information about certificates is available on the QRZ page for W8T.

Even if tea isn't your bag, you may find the history of this beloved symbol compelling. Its humble origins date to the years before World War II when it began life as a wooden barrel used in a root beer advertising campaign. A handle and spout were later added and, reborn as a teapot, it enjoyed subsequent roles as a concession stand, a souvenir shop and a pottery with a gift shop. After it was refurbished, it was rededicated in 1990 as a beloved symbol of local identity. It has since inspired the annual festival in August where proud residents can share that their cups runneth over.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Damron N8TMW.


DON/ANCHOR: In the US, the state of Missouri is turning 200 years old and hams there have a capital idea for celebrating. It involves, of course, the state's earliest capital. Randy Sly W4XJ brings us up to date.

RANDY: While Missouri has always been called the “Show Me” state, from August 7th through the 14th, it will become the “Hear me” state. In celebration of the state’s bicentennial, special event station K0B will be on the air, sponsored by the St. Charles, Missouri Amateur Radio Club. Event organizer Jim Briggs, KK0GT told Amateur Radio Newsline that, in addition to operating from various members' homes, K0B will have a station located at the SCARC Hamfest in O’Fallon, Missouri on August 8. On August 10, they will be “on the air" at the site of the first Capitol building in Missouri, located in the St. Charles Historic District on the west bank of the Mississippi River. This is the first time an amateur radio station has operated at this site. The building served as the state Capitol from 1821 to 1826.

K0B will be active on SSB, CW, and FT8 on 80-6 meters, as well as 2-meter FM simplex. A special paper QSL and a downloadable PDF certificate will be available. Watch the SCARC Facebook page for an operating schedule and more information. Also, be on the lookout the rest of this year for more special event stations, as Missouri celebrates 200 years.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Randy Sly, W4XJ




DON/ANCHOR: Members of the Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club in Ohio are mourning the loss of an amateur who was remembered as not just a friend but an educator and mentor. Fred Stone, W8LLY, became a Silent Key on July 26th. He had been ill with pancreatic cancer. Fred was well-known as an active participant in public service activities including ARES and he had been a District Emergency Coordinator for District 3 for many years. Many hams recalled him in comments on the club's Facebook page, crediting Fred for providing the gateway to amateur radio for them.




In the world of DX, JA1TOKYO is on the air, marking the Olym pic and Paralympic Games that opened on July 23 in Tokyo. Each band has been assiged its own operator. The station will remain active until the 5th of September. There are also 10 mobile stations with the callsign 8J [regional call area] OLYMPIC at each regional headquarters of the Japan Amateur Radio League and 8N [regional call area] OLP will be on the air as well at a higher output. No QSL cards are required. EQSLs are being accepted. For QSL, certificate and awards information, follow the link in the printed script of this newscast at arnewsline.org. [PRINT ONLY, do not read: https://www.jarl.org/English/4_Library/A-4-2_Awards/Award_Main.htm]

R3RRC/0 will be operating from Furugelm Island, the southernmost island in Russia between July 31st and August 4th. Maxim, RU5D, Gennady, R3BY and Vitaly, R0MR will be using R3RRC/0 as well as their personal callsigns RU5D/0, R3BY/0 and R0MR/P respectively. Be listening on 40 to 10 meters where they will be using CW, SSB, FT8 and FT4.
Harald, DF2WO, will be in Kigali, Rwanda, using the callsign 9X2AW between September 13th and 28th. He will be using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 on 20,17,15,and 10 meters. QSL direct to his home callsign.

Bo, OZ1DJJ, will be on Tasiilaq Island using the callsign OX3LX between July 28th and August 13th. He will be found mainly on 6m and 4m but will also be on some of the HF bands.Send QSLs to OZ0J (Oh Zed Zero Jay).




DON/ANCHOR: Amateur Radio Newsline is proud to announce the winner of the 2021 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year. Newsline’s Mark Abramowicz NT3V, chairman of the award program, is here with the story.

FAITH: “Wow! Thank you! That’s pretty cool!”

MARK: The reaction from Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, upon learning she had been chosen as Newsline’s Young Ham of the Year.

Faith Hannah is 16 and the daughter of James, WX4TV, and Michelle, N8ZQZ, Lea of Palm Coast, FLA.

Faith Hannah says her parents were a big influence in her entry into the world of amateur radio starting in December 2014 at the age of 10.

FAITH: “So, I started studying for my Technician license along with my brother. And, we both went in and got it. And, two weeks later I had earned my General and then two months later I earned my Extra. So, that allowed me to really get into the stuff that I liked, which was working HF.”

MARK: Only 18 months after being licensed, Faith Hannah was invited to the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX adventure operating PJ6 from the Dutch island of Saba.

FAITH: “And that’s when I realized, especially that DXing is amazing because I absolutely love those huge pileups and getting to talk to all of those different people. Because, I’m not entirely sure why but I love being at the calling end of a big pileup and just running that as fast as I can which is probably why I enjoy contesting.”

MARK: Among her PJ6 achievements was a satellite contact that broke the SO-50 distance world record.

In August, 2018, Faith Hannah took part in the Youngsters on The Air program in Johannesburg, South Africa for a weeklong stay that featured kit building and antenna building, satellite operations and a high-altitude balloon launch.

But on the way to South Africa, Faith Hannah and her father had a 22-hour layover in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. While on the ground in that Middle Eastern country, she visited and operated A62A and A60YOZ activated by the Emirates Amateur Radio Society.

In December 2018, Faith Hannah, her father, and her younger sister, Hope, ND2L, took part in the N4T mini-Dxpedition to the Dry Tortugas in the Gulf of Mexico.

While there, the girls made 1,970 HF contacts and 100 satellite contacts during the 36-hour operation on the island.

Her account was published by CQ Magazine and she got the April 2019 cover with her sister.

Faith Hannah has been involved in several special event and contest operations with her family and continues to remain active in promoting the hobby to youth.

She completed high school through home schooling, but before doing so applied for and was accepted at Daytona State College where she earned an Associate of Arts degree at 15.

Now, at 16, she’s enrolled in Stetson University in Deland, Florida.

FAITH: “Right now I am working on two different bachelor’s degrees. One is a bachelor of science for molecular and cellular biology and another is a bachelor in business administration.”

MARK: Faith Hannah will have no problem contributing to her education. She placed first in Florida’s statewide competition and second in the national Veteran of Foreign Wars essay contest earning a $16,000 scholarship.

She said she’s exploring two career tracks right now – medicine or the law, or possibly both.

As for amateur radio, Faith Hannah says there’s always time for that.

FAITH: “I know this sounds weird but it doesn’t really take all of my time to do my school, to have fun and to do ham radio,” she explained. “It all just fits in perfectly because a lot of times if I’m getting on the radio and it’s not a contest I’ll just do it in the evening when gray line is there because that’s usually when I’m free and it’s a great time to make contacts.

“And, if it’s a weekend, we might take a radio and go out to a park or something and get on the air. And once it starts dying down, we’ll just hang around the park for a couple hours.”

MARK: You can follow Faith Hannah and her family on their “Ham Radio.World” YouTube channel where you’ll also see her brother, Zechariah, WX4TVJ, and sister, Grace, KE3G.

LAST WEEKEND EDITION: Sun is out, life is good.....TAKING THE WEEK OFF

My home for the week. Lake Horace, Weare, NH

THURSDAY EDITION: Sorry I missed yesteday, it was a boating day, Dr. appts and Physical therapy kind of day...Teen smacked in the face....

AO-109 (RadFxSat-2/AMSAT Fox-1E) Open for Amateur Use

AMSAT’s Engineering and Operations Teams have announced that AO-109 (RadFxSat-2/AMSAT Fox-1E) is now open for amateur use. AMSAT advises operators to use efficient modes for making contacts, such as CW or FT4, because issues with the satellite make SSB voice contacts “challenging at best.” An article in the May/June 2021 issue (Vol. 44, No. 3) of The AMSAT Journal details the various attempts to characterize AO-109 and its apparent problems. — Thanks to Jerry Buxton, NØJY, and Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA

DXpedition to Willis Island cancelled

Hi All,

Bad news I am afraid;

After months of negotiations with the new Coral Island Management Authority, DXPedition leader Tommy Horozakis VK2IR has had to cancel the Willis Island DXPedition that was planned for November of this year.

A combination of new rules banning the installation of any structures on the islands by the new authority along with the fact that COVID has now spread to four Australian states meant that going ahead was not going to be possible.

The Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia organised DXPedition would have coincided with 100 years of the weather observation and station being on Willis Island.

HARAOA website: www.haraoa.com

Mapping directional MW transmitters in USA-Canada

If you listen for MW/AM radio stations in the the USA or Canada then you will surely know that many of them broadcast with directional antennas.

This of course can help or hinder your chance of reception so you need to know what stations are doing. Many years ago one could buy an excellent book that showed all the radiation patterns but of course nowadays computers can do this job more accurately and be kept up to date with the most recent data changes.

We are pleased to launch a software tool by Bill Scott WE7W that will map the radiation pattern of all MW transmitters in North America. Radio Data Medium Wave (RDMW) will do this for daytime, nighttime and even critical hours. And the radiation pattern is superimposed on Google Maps so you can scroll around the globe and zoom in to even see the transmitter masts!

Not only that but RDMW will ray trace from the transmitter to your receiver, calculating the exact path a signal will take and its great circle distance. You can even see how much signal is being radiated in your direction and whether you are likely to hear a particular station.

RDMW has been adapted by the Circle into six regional editions, based upon where you might be listening, but of course you can set your receiver anywhere you wish in the software. You can download RDMW for a small admin charge from the Circle's website.

Find out more here:

Nevada appointed Factory Direct dealer for LDG tuners

We are delighted to be appointed FACTORY DIRECT Dealers for the LDG range of Auto Tuners from the USA, including the new LDG Z-100A 125W Auto Tuner for Icom radios.

To celebrate direct supply, we are offering customers a 10% discount on the whole range by simply entering the code LDG10 at checkout. (Offer valid until 30th August 2021). 

Full range here LDG – Nevada Radio

TUESDAY EDITION: Quin (K8QS) and Tom (WA9TDD) look at some of the best amateur cartoons of all time, focusing in Part One on antennas, gender, technology, and dreams, and in Part Two on money, obsession, and neighbors/family.   VIDEO 1   VIDEO 2....Pedestrian mobile and brain rf may be a problem if you are one of those dumbass hams ...Damn Russians frying brains with directed microwave attacks....

Media outlet picks up 40m Cuban signal story

The Vice Media site has picked up the story of signals believed to be from Cuba causing interference in the amateur 7 MHz band and which featured in YouTube videos

Read the Vice story by Jason Koebler at

ARRL 2020 Annual Report Now Available to Download

The ARRL 2020 Annual Report has been posted and is available to download. The report summarizes ARRL program and fiscal activity for the year.

In his introductory remarks, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said that 2020 was a difficult and challenging year for ARRL. “The coronavirus pandemic changed everything, from the way we socialized, to the way we worked, to the way students learned,” Roderick wrote. “Events we look forward to every year were canceled and the future seemed uncertain. Hamfests, club meetings, and other gatherings looked different, as videoconferencing became the new way to conduct business and get together.”

Roderick said ARRL remained determined to overcome any obstacles in order to serve its members. “Due to the pandemic and state-imposed work restrictions, ARRL Headquarters closed and employees suddenly had to adjust to working remotely,” he recounted. “ARRL staff banded together and kept things running for our members. I’m proud of our staff for how quickly they adapted and worked together as a team. They made the shift to working from home as seamless as possible, and they continued to develop new products and services.” He went on to explain that these new services “included things like the ARRL Learning Network webinars, allowing members to expand their radio knowledge from home through video seminars from industry experts, and the At Home virtual events held by the Marketing department, providing ARRL staff with an opportunity to engage with members and give video tours of W1AW through a new online platform. They did a remarkable job!”

MONDAY EDITION: Yep, rain again here on the rock. Lousy boating season, not so good for camping either....The Living History Crews are made up of historical re-enactors who demonstrate life aboard the battleship USS ALABAMA and submarine USS DRUM during World War II.....AmateurLogic.TV Episode 158 is Now Available for Download:George's Distortion Exploration. Tommy and the One Man Field Day Team. Mike discovers SDRangel software.......

Cuban 40m jamming

40 Meter Band Jamming From Cuba? #soscuba #freecuba

An example of the Jamming that is currently happening on the 40 meter band.

Ham Radio Dude did to an interview with Alex W7HU on what is happening in Cuba, Please give it a watch

Alex W7HU

Here is a documentary on radio jamming, including it's roots in the 1920's.
Empire of noise [Full documentary]

WIA Board issues apology for magazine's unacceptable language

The Board of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) say the June/July issue of their magazine Amateur Radio contained unacceptable racial and sexist slurs

The WIA statement says:

Apology and Retraction – AR Magazine June / July 2021

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Board of Directors has become aware of a potentially offensive and unacceptable racial and sexist slur that has appeared in the most recent edition of Amateur Radio Magazine (AR Magazine) that is currently in circulation.

The comments appeared in an article under the heading Editorial, where several statements were made which could be considered a racial slur and further remarks that could be deemed to be sexist.

The WIA profusely apologises for any hurt or harm caused by these comments. We value diversity, inclusion and respect and we are working hard to create this within the Amateur Radio Community.

The events that have occurred are totally unacceptable to the WIA Board and despite the Board was not aware of its inclusion in the magazine, nor had the opportunity to read the article prior to publication, the Board accepts full responsibility for what has taken place.

The current digital version of the AR Magazine will be removed temporarily whilst this article is re-edited and then access restored. Unfortunately, the printed version of the magazine is now in distribution and cannot be retracted. However, an apology will be included in the next edition of the magazine and will appear on the WIA website and social media mediums.

The WIA Board will undertake a full review of the events that occurred and ensure processes are put in place to prevent any such repeat of this unacceptable situation.

On behalf of the WIA Board, our sincere apology to any member or individual that read this article and was offended by the remarks made.

Kind Regards

Scott Williams – VK3KJ

New US experimental station WL2XUP now operational on the 40 MHz band

In June of 2021, the FCC in the USA issued the experimental call sign WL2XUP to conduct tests on the 40 MHz band. The owner of the call, Lin Holcomb (NI4Y) reports that the station is now on air.

The license allows for operation between 40.660 MHz to 40.700 MHz with a maximum output of 400-watts ERP. The license was issued on the 17th of June 2021 and it lasts until the 1st of July 2023.

As of mid July 2021, WL2XUP is intermittently transmitting WSPR on 40.662 MHz (1500Hz). For FT8 skeds and tests, an ERP of 100-watts can be used.

More info... https://ei7gl.blogspot.com/2021/07/new-us-experimental-station-wl2xup-now.html

Learn to Solder Buildathon II

Learn to Solder Buildathon II will be presented by Rex Harper W1REX at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

For more information go to qsotodayhamexpo.com


WEEKEND EDITION: A lovely weekend on tap, rain again....How A Group Of Dedicated Volunteers Are Keeping California's Wildfires At Bay ....

Foundations of Amateur Radio

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When you explore the landscape of amateur radio you'll discover an endless array of innovation. There's websites with photos and descriptions of activities, places discovered and lessons learnt. If you watch the growing collection of YouTube channels you'll discover videos describing what people have been up to, commenting on videos they've seen and you'll start to notice that people all over the community are pinging off each other. Social media does the same.

If you read an amateur magazine, or a book, you'll unearth references and counter-references, links and credits, descriptions gleaned and tests made, all of them interlinking and adding to the knowledge base that underpins the amateur radio community and society beyond it.

The same is true for on-air activity. Look at contesting for example, you'll hear descriptions from other contesters, sharing their lessons learnt which potentially influence how you do your next contesting activity. The same is true for working DX, operating any digital mode, running an on-air net, running a SOTA activation, anything.

The point being that you are influenced by others and everything you do influences somebody somewhere else who in turn influences the next person who might then influence you. On and on the chain grows.

This chain of knowledge goes back to the early science in our hobby, the works of James Clerk Maxwell who for the first time brought electricity, magnetism, and light together as different manifestations of the same phenomenon in 1864.

The reason we know this is because he published his work and without needing to leave home to see the original, anyone can read it today from the comfort of their living room thanks to the PDF that's on the Royal Society web-site.

The point being that Maxwell documented his work and shared it with the world.

In our hobby we've gone through the process of making our equipment from unobtainium, requiring that the actual components were constructed before you could actually put them together and use them for their intended purpose. We then went on the scrounge for parts from other equipment, acquiring surplus gear and through a phase where you could buy new components off the shelf and attach them to an etched circuit board. That evolved into being able to design a board, ordering it online, having it built for cents and shipped to our door.

Today an increasing component of our hobby evolves around software with its unique property of transience.

Unlike physical components, software is intangible. You imagine how something might work, you describe it in an imaginary language, convert it into something that can be run inside a computer, and if you did it right, the outcome gives you the basis for your next experiment.

When software reaches a certain level of complexity it becomes impossible to remember. You tweak something over here and something over there changes and unless you can keep all that together inside your brain as a cohesive imaginary model, you quickly run into a brick wall.

If you're a software developer you've likely heard of tools like CVS, SVN and git. They are examples of revision control. They're used extensively in software development, but increasingly they're being used to track changes in documents, legislation and places where change is constant.

As an aside, if you load the various versions of legal requirements of your license into revision control, you'll quickly discover that your license is slowly evolving over time, for better or worse. From personal experience, I know doing that for the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions in Australia was very interesting indeed.

Each of these tools gives you the ability to tweak something, track it and if it doesn't work out, revert to where you started your experiment. It's a little like using a soldering iron and a soldering wick, physical undo for experiments.

When I talk about Open Source software, I'm not only talking about the ability to look inside and add functionality, I'm also talking about accessing the history that goes with that.

Open Source software generally only works if it comes with a revision history, a trail of discovery outlined right there on your screen showing what worked, why and how it came about. There's often options for showing who made what change, which changes happened at the same time and the ability to extract that particular change. All essential ingredients for experimentation.

Closed Source software does all those things, but privately. It too likely uses revision control tools, even the same ones as Open Source, but the discoveries are held in-house, behind closed doors, used by a select few. The software evolves inside the organisation, but there's no insight for or from the outside world.

Of course, everyone is entitled to keep their stuff secret, but if you want to make a contribution to society outside the life of your walled garden, the only way forward is to publish and share your work like scientists have been doing well before the Royal Society held its first meeting on the 28th of November 1660.

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ARRL HQ reopens after pandemic

The Bristol Press reports on the re-opening of the ARRL headquarters building in Newington, Connecticut

The newspaper says:

Marking the resiliency and importance of maintaining radio communication, the National Association for Amateur Radio turned up the dial Thursday and celebrated the reopening of its national headquarters in Newington.

“Amateur radio is a noble cause and one that brings me great pride and joy,” said Rick Roderick, president of the American Radio Relay League. “Over the last year, I’ve witnessed the extraordinary dedication of ARRL members, staff and board of directors, who without skipping a beat, have worked together to equip our members for the opportunities they need to serve an active and vibrant radio service for our country.”

ARRL board members from across the US, along with state and local elected officials, partner organizations such as the American Red Cross, the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, International Amateur Radio Union, Radio Amateurs of Canada, and other community members, gathered at ARRL’s national headquarters on Main Street for an official ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the rededication of radio services as the pandemic begins to ease.

After surviving two global pandemics, ARRL CEO David Minster said the organization and its members have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly while being able to continue to serve the public.

“This speaks to the resilience and dedication of our staff, board members and volunteers,” he said. “We are your friends and neighbors, we celebrate the good times and bad times, and we’re by your side when all else fails.

Read the full story at

ARRL HQ reopens after pandemic

The Bristol Press reports on the re-opening of the ARRL headquarters building in Newington, Connecticut

The newspaper says:

Marking the resiliency and importance of maintaining radio communication, the National Association for Amateur Radio turned up the dial Thursday and celebrated the reopening of its national headquarters in Newington.

“Amateur radio is a noble cause and one that brings me great pride and joy,” said Rick Roderick, president of the American Radio Relay League. “Over the last year, I’ve witnessed the extraordinary dedication of ARRL members, staff and board of directors, who without skipping a beat, have worked together to equip our members for the opportunities they need to serve an active and vibrant radio service for our country.”

ARRL board members from across the US, along with state and local elected officials, partner organizations such as the American Red Cross, the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, International Amateur Radio Union, Radio Amateurs of Canada, and other community members, gathered at ARRL’s national headquarters on Main Street for an official ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the rededication of radio services as the pandemic begins to ease.

After surviving two global pandemics, ARRL CEO David Minster said the organization and its members have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly while being able to continue to serve the public.

“This speaks to the resilience and dedication of our staff, board members and volunteers,” he said. “We are your friends and neighbors, we celebrate the good times and bad times, and we’re by your side when all else fails.

Read the full story at

FRIDAY EDITION: Cuba is jamming ham frequencies....Introduction to Antenna Modeling using EZNEC will be presented by Greg Algieri WA1JXR at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th. For more information go to qsotodayhamexpo.com.....

Farside explosion touches Earth

Something just exploded on the farside of the sun. The blast was so potent, it peppered Earth with energetic particles even though the body of the sun was blocking the blast site.

This is the latest sign of increasing activity by young Solar Cycle 25.

Full story @ Spaceweather.com

Most 2021 Field Day Participants Entered in Class D

In the second year in which rule waivers were in place for ARRL Field Day, some 4,815 entries were received at ARRL Headquarters by July 13 — the majority in Class D (Home Stations). Last year saw more than 10,213 entries and 18,886 participants. Before the pandemic, in 2019, 3,113 entries were submitted, with 36,420 total participants.

“It appears that larger groups were more the norm in pre-pandemic times, as expected,” ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, observed. “From the discussions I’ve been having with participants, even though some groups gathered in larger numbers this year, many participants chose either to gather in smaller groups or to operate solo from home as Class D or Class E stations. Although I don’t think we’ll see the number of entries that we did last year, we’re close in terms of the number of participants.”

With about 2 weeks to go until the entry submission deadline, the tally of participants reported is 16,166. They made just north of 1 million total contacts.

Andy Goss, AA5JF, took part in the first-ever Field Day for the Augusta University Amateur Radio Club (WA4AUG), which set up in the Georgia school’s Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPaR) Center.

“FD was already a success on Saturday, with the stations working smoothly, and lots of local visitors dropping by. An hour after sunrise on Sunday, we were counting our points, when Darby, KK4PEQ, announced he had just worked a station on 6-meter phone — just playing around on 50 MHz using the 20/15/10 tribander,” Goss said. “He stayed on 6 for five QSOs, but we quickly [moved] to 10 and 15, finding those bands were open to just about everywhere, and we doubled our score in just 3 hours. What a rush!

There’s still time to submit your 2021 Field Day entry. Most of this year’s Field Day entries have been submitted online(worth 50 bonus points!), although some 50 paper logs have been mailed in. Participants can check the Entries Received page to make sure their entries were received and complete. If the entry status indicates “Pending documents,” either the required dupe sheet (or in lieu of that, a Cabrillo log file) or supporting documentation of claimed bonus points is missing. Bourque said some 250 entries fall into that category right now. Participants can add documentation or edit their entries by following the link provided in the confirmation email sent to the email address provided upon entry, up until the entry submission deadline. Field Day entries must be submitted online or postmarked no later than 2059 UTC on July 27, 2021.

The breakdown of Field Day entries by class, as of July 13, showed 4,815 total entries, with 613 in Class A, 582 in Class B, 57 in Class C (Mobile), 2,619 in Class D, 858 in Class E, and 86 in Class F.

For his 2021 Field Day, Scott Hanley, WA9STI, took to the woods — the Los Padres National Forest — at a site some 7,400 feet elevation in the mountains overlooking California’s Central Valley. He operated as WA6LE in Class 1B. He put 358 contacts in the log on CW and phone — short of his 400-contact goal. “Almost all activity was on 20, 40, and 75/80 meters to a G5RV or end-fed 20-meter dipole,” Hanley said. “Six meters did not open, so only had two local SSB contacts and only 3 contacts on 2-meter FM.”    

Youth on the Air Campers Enjoy Successful ISS Contact, Busy with Other Activities

The first Youth on the Air (YOTA) camp for young radio amateurs in the Americas wraps up on Friday in West Chester, Ohio. Among other activities, the campers have been operating special event station W8Y from both the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting and from the camp hotel.

“Things are going really well,” Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, said on Wednesday evening. The earlier launch of a balloon carrying a ham radio payload was successful, he said, and — after pinpointing where the payload landed some 3 hours away — the campers were able to retrieve the package, thanks to some understanding landowners. Rapp said the balloon reached approximately 100,000 feet.  ARTICLE

Repeater troublemaker caught red-handed!

Switzerland's national amateur radio society USKA reports on action to tackle the problem of repeater abuse

They carry a report from the UHF Group which says:

On July 2, 2021, in the morning on various 70 cm repeaters, increased interference in the form of DTMF and siren signals were heard again.

Various DF teams were encouraged to track down the troublemaker and with success - various bearings led to Bellevue / Gottschalkenberg (southeast of Menzingen), where two teams found an already known radio amateur at 12:30 p.m.

Two people then had intensive conversations with this troublemaker, who - as in a conversation on May 26, 2021 with another successfully tracker - pretended to be stupid and clueless. Due to the waterproof bearing results and the repeated encounter of the same person at the coordinates of the respective bearings, there is no doubt that we have found “the right one”.

Maybe it's just a pious wish, but we hope that the interferer's intelligence is sufficient to see that it is now time for his QRT.

It remains for us to express our thanks to all those who have supported us for weeks and months with their tips, their active help and thousands of kilometers driven. In the end, Hamspirit is what you achieve together - and not what you talk about autocratically and preferably by radio.


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Amateur radio tower: Judge says Framingham, MA zoning board of appeals 'erred'

A judge overturned a ZBA decision and ruled a magnificent 80-foot high amateur radio tower can be erected in the City of Framingham

The Framingham Source story says:

The Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will discuss the 2020 court case involving amateur radio operator Galina Filippova versus the ZBA, which ruled in favor of Filippova, at its meeting on Wednesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Building’s Blumer Community Room. The public can attend the room in person or via Zoom.

Judge Howard Speicher ruled against the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals, and reinstated Filippova’s building permit, which had been previously revoked by the ZBA.

In 2019, Galina Filippova’s husband Mikhail Filippov KD1MF was issued a permit by the board to build an 80-foot amateur radio tower on the couple’s property, located at 273 Prospect Street. But once Filippova began to pour the foundation for the project, neighbors voiced complaints, and the ZBA voted not to issue the permit.

Read the full story at

Eastern Massachusetts ARRL report

"Attorney Fred Hopengarten K1VR literally wrote the book on how to get a personal radio tower approved by your local government"

IARUMS June newsletter now available

The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports Over-The-Horizon Radar (OTHR) were and still are the main nuisance for radio amateurs

With the summer propagation conditions and thanks to several sporadic E-layers (Es for short), numerous driftnet radio buoys (DRB) and other fishing gear were heard again in the 10 m band, illegally serving the marking of fishing nets at sea.

They can be mostly received at the 28000 kHz to 28450 kHz part of the 10 m band, their transmissions being short but sent repeatedly every few minutes all day long. For identification, a short letter code is transmitted in CW (A1A), consisting of 1 to 3 letters.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 June 2021 newsletter can be read at

Recordings of military transmissions can be found on the Signal Identification Guide Wiki at

NASA TV to air launch of Space Station module, departure of another

The Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module undergoes final processing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for its launch to the International Space Station on a Proton rocket. Credits: Roscosmos

NASA will provide live coverage of a new Russian science module’s launch and automated docking to the International Space Station, and the undocking of another module that has been part of the orbital outpost for the past 20 years. Live coverage of all events will be available on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

The uncrewed Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), named Nauka, the Russian word for “science,” is scheduled to launch at 10:58 a.m. EDT (7:58 p.m. Baikonur time) Wednesday, July 21 on a three-stage Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Live launch coverage will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Two days later, on Friday, July 23, the uncrewed ISS Progress 77 spacecraft will undock from the Russian segment of the station while attached to the Pirs docking compartment. With Pirs attached, Progress 77 is scheduled to undock at 9:17 a.m. Live coverage of undocking will begin at 8:45 a.m. A few hours later, Progress’ engines will fire in a deorbit maneuver to send the cargo craft and Pirs into a destructive reentry in the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. Deorbit and reentry will not be covered on NASA TV.

After Nauka completes eight days in free-flight to allow Russian flight controllers to evaluate its systems, the 43-foot long, 23-ton module will automatically link up to the port on the Earth-facing side of the Russian segment station, vacated by the departure of Pirs. Docking is scheduled for 9:25 a.m. Thursday, July 29, with live coverage begining at 8:30 a.m.

Nauka will serve as a new science facility, docking port, and spacewalk airlock for future operations. Pirs has been part of the space station since September 2001, functioning as a docking port for Russian visiting spacecraft and an airlock for Russian spacewalks.

For more than 20 years, astronauts have continuously lived and worked on the space station, testing technologies, performing science, and developing the skills needed to explore farther from Earth. Through NASA’s Artemis program, the agency will send the first woman and the first person of color to the Moon’s surface, and eventually expand human exploration to Mars. Inspiring the next generation of explorers – the Artemis Generation – ensures America will continue to lead in space exploration and discovery.

Ham radio in Yachting Monthly mag

Yachting Monthly magazine looks at the use of amateur radio on the ocean waves and interviews Bill Walker M0WTW 

The magazine article by Barry Pickthall says:

Bill Walker [M0WTW], a retired electronics engineer and life-long ham Radio enthusiast who sails a Halberg-Rassy 37 with his wife Judy out of Chichester, has his radio shack in his back garden, high on a hill in Tunbridge Wells where he gets a 90-mile signal range on VHF and worldwide coverage on HF frequencies when propagation is good.

‘There is no restriction on listening to broadcasts over the ham net, but the authorities are now very proactive in policing rogue ham radio operators,’ he says.

For a start, there is an international language code to be learned when abbreviating common phrases to make it easier to understand when the signal strength is poor.

An amateur radio licence opens up a range of communication types, including free access to a network of amateur satellites and worldwide radio connectivity via the internet.

These types of communications are not affected by the vagaries of HF radio propagation.

Read the full article at

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Another rainy day, surprise...Apple Co-Founder Voices Support for Right to Repair ....Only a bulldog would attempt to have sex with a hedgehog........

Kit building at Youth on the Air (YOTA) Camp

A video of the first full day of Youth on the Air Camp Americas 2021 has been released, featuring Kit Building and Contesting
From July 11-16 the Youth on the Air committee in the Americas is holding the first ever camp for and by young amateurs (aged 15-25) in the United States.

Watch Youth on the Air Americas 2021 Camp Highlight Video - Monday

Tidworth veteran's radio mast refused

Wiltshire Council have rejected a request for planning permission submitted by Bob Coleman G0WYD for a retractable mast that had been installed six years ago

The Andover Advertiser newspaper reports

He said that the hobby was one of few open to him, adding: “Due to various spinal surgeries, I am unable to play the sports I used to love. Radio communication is one of the few hobbies I can do and it plays a large part in keeping me mentally healthy, especially in the last year”.

Read the Andover Advertiser story at

Kit building at Youth on the Air (YOTA) Camp

A video of the first full day of Youth on the Air Camp Americas 2021 has been released, featuring Kit Building and Contesting
From July 11-16 the Youth on the Air committee in the Americas is holding the first ever camp for and by young amateurs (aged 15-25) in the United States.

Watch Youth on the Air Americas 2021 Camp Highlight Video - Monday

Fun with HF QRP pedestrian mobile

Fun with HF QRP Pedestrian Mobile will be presented by Peter Parker VK3YE at the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming August 14th and 15th.

For more information go to qsotodayhamexpo.com

TUESDAY EDITION: Good morning, foggy and overcast here on the island, as usual...rain everday this month, a new record....Richard Branson Didn't Go To Space ...Humans are practically defenseless. Why don't wild animals attack us more? ....

Youth on the Air Campers Activating W8Y, ARISS Contact Set for July 14

The first Youth on the Air (YOTA) camp for young radio amateurs in North, Central, and South America is now under way in West Chester, Ohio. Among other activities, campers are operating special event station W8Y from both the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township and from the camp hotel. The camp will run until Friday, July 16.

The approximately two dozen campers will enjoy an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with ISS crew member Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, on Wednesday.

“This ARISS contact is intended to inspire these young hams to learn more about communication using amateur satellites and making ARISS radio contacts,” ARISS said this week in announcing the contact date.

ARISS team member John Sygo, ZS6JON, in Paardekraal, South Africa, will serve as the telebridge relay station. The ARISS contact is set for July 14 at 11:03 AM EDT (1503 UTC). The contact will be livestreamed.

“We are very excited to finally bring this program to the Americas,” Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, told ARRL. “Our young people are bringing an incredible lineup of hands-on sessions for their peers. We hope this pilot gives us the information we need to replicate this camp over multiple locations for years to come. We also hope this brings a more robust community of young hams into amateur radio.”

The long-awaited summer camp for up to 30 hams aged 15 through 25 was set for last June but had to be rescheduled until this summer because of COVID-19 pandemic concerns. The camp for young hams in the Americas took its cue from the summer Youngsters on the Air camps held for the past few years in various IARU Region 1 countries.

The Region 2 camp is aimed at helping participants to take their ham radio experience to the next level by exposing them to a variety of activities and providing the opportunity to meet other young hams. Activities include kit building, antenna building, transmitter hunting and direction finding, digital modes, and a high-altitude balloon launch. Amateur satellite operation is one of the workshops provided. Others include effective radio communication, local ham radio history, and using amateur radio during emergencies.

W8Y will be on the air as campers complete projects, between sessions, and during free time. Dedicated operating times on HF will include Tuesday, July 13, 1800 – 2130 UTC. Dedicated satellite station operating times will be Thursday, July 15, 1400 – 1700 UTC, and Friday, July 16, 1500 – 1700 UTC.

The camp’s opening observance on Sunday featured keynote speaker Tim Duffy, K3LR, who told the campers, “Amateur radio is the best hobby in the world!”

An hour-long closing ceremony on Friday, July 16, will get under way at 1700 UTC. The YouTube channel will also feature a daily video highlighting the activities of the previous day.

ARRL and The Yasme Foundation donated project kits for the campers. XTronics provided temperature-controlled soldering stations. The brochure on the Youth on the Air website includes more details about the camp. — Thanks to ARISS for some information 

Young Caribbean Nation Formalizing Amateur Radio Guidelines and Standards

With a population just north of 71,000, the Caribbean island country of Dominica (J7) boasts a modest but active ham radio population. Given Dominica’s vulnerability to hurricanes, the ham radio emphasis often focuses on emergency communication support. In 2017, after Hurricane Maria hit the tiny island, ham radio filled a huge telecommunications gap. Now the country’s telecommunications regulator is asking hams to help formulate new amateur radio guidelines and standards. Dominica’s National Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (NTRC) collected comments until July 12 from radio amateurs participating in a “consultation” (what the US FCC would call a “proceeding”) that could lead to a formal and better-documented set of rules and regulations.

“There is limited guidance for those who seek to utilize the telecommunications media for their own personal use, enjoyment, and fulfilment as hobby, as in the case of amateur radio,” the NTRC said in the consultation document. “Generally, [amateur radio] is self-regulating, and so the involvement of the telecommunications regulator is minimized. Though the amateur radio clubs generally do their best to provide some level of guidance and support to existing and prospective operators, there is great need for a formal and comprehensive set of guidelines and standards for the operation of Amateur Radio Services in Dominica.”

Resources used in developing the draft proposals included ARRL, the FCC’s Part 97 amateur radio rules, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

“A primary source for this document was the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 47, Part 97), due to its comprehensiveness and its informal adoption in certain parts by the local amateur radio fraternity,” the NTRC said. Specific ARRL resources included The ARRL FCC Rule Book; The ARRL Operating Manual for Radio Amateurs, and The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications. The regulators also looked at Canada’s and Australia’s amateur radio rules. The proposals would provide for three license classes — Novice, General, and Advanced — as well as the licensing procedures for each.

The NTRC held a public meeting via Zoom in mid-June to “highlight and clarify important issues” regarding the consultation. NTRC personnel later met with amateur radio club representatives at the NTRC’s office. Under Telecommunications Act No. 8 of 2000 and its associated regulations, the NTRC oversees compliance with all telecommunication rules in Dominica, including amateur radio. The NTRC also manages amateur radio spectrum.

Following the initial comment period, the NTRC will review the comments and subsequently submit the Revised Draft Amateur Radio Guidelines and Standards document for the comments on the initial comments received. The NTRC will also review these comments and finalize the policy document, taking all views into consideration, to adopt and publish the Amateur Radio Guidelines and Standards document.

Brian J. Machesney, K1LI/J7Y, a frequent visitor to Dominica, has provided considerable guidance and assistance to the amateur radio community in Dominica, especially in the area of emergency and disaster communication. He characterized the NTRC proposals as a “comprehensive documentation of the common-sense practices that have traditionally been followed, with some notable additions.”

June 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Activity Report Released

The June 2021 activity report of the Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program has been released. The VM Program is a joint initiative between the ARRL and FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service.

  • The FCC was requested to review a vanity call sign application filed by a Georgia licensee because of an apparently false answer to the question regarding a felony conviction.

  • A licensee in Massachusetts received an Advisory Notice concerning obscenity and harassment on 160 Meters. The FCC will hold for review any renewal application filed by this licensee.

  • A General Class licensee in San Antonio, Texas, received an Advisory Notice for operation in the Extra Class portion of the 20-meter band.

  • Licensees in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia received Advisory Notices concerning failure to identify and other possible violations as part of a general audit of complaints about licensee conduct on 1.938, 3.860, 3.895, and 3.927 MHz.

In May, Volunteer Monitors logged 1,514 hours on HF frequencies and 2,072 hours on VHF frequencies and above.

The Volunteer Monitor coordinator had one meeting with the FCC, and two cases were referred to the FCC for further action. One case involves a taxi company in Alaska operating on 2 meters. — Thanks to Volunteer Monitor Program Coordinator Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH

SO Today Virtual Ham Expo

The next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is a month away, Live from August 14-15, 2021 and then on-demand for 30 days.

It’s a great experience for those that want to improve their amateur radio knowledge and get exposed to new ideas, cutting edge ham radio technology, and practical techniques.

=And no need to travel - anyone can participate from their home or office! Information can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.

At the Expo, you can listen and engage with almost 100 internationally recognized ham radio luminaries on approximately 18 different topic areas - there is something for everyone. Topics include: Antennas and Transmission Lines, Build-A-Thons, Contesting/DX, Controllers, Digital Voice Mode, Emergency Communications, Filters and Tuned Circuits, Future of Amateur Radio, Ham History, HF Digital Modes, New License - Now What?, Power Amplifiers, Propagation, Radio Astronomy, Software and Services, Space and Satellites, Test and Measurement, and Youth in Amateur Radio.

Here are a few examples of speakers you’ll want to listen to: (a complete list of speakers can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/spkrlist.html)

“Antennas and Transmission Lines” Track:

Small Transmitting Loop Design Project: Learn about STLcalc, an open-source program providing a flexible design aide for STL and Magnetic Loop antennas that can respond to user's changing needs and design goals. (August Hansen, KB0YH)

Compromise Beverage Antennas Hear Better Than You Think! Don’t give up easily on trying a Beverage receiving antenna. Discover how to overcome non-ideal terrain and space limitations. (Geoffrey Mendenhall, W8GNM)

Fun with HF QRP Pedestrian Mobile: A look at two antennas for HF pedestrian mobile and the results possible. (Peter Parker, VK3YE)

N4KC's Top 5 Get-On-The-Air-Quick Antennas: Recommendations for the top five simplest, most effective antennas to consider for your station. (Don Keith, N4KC)

“New License - Now What” track:

HF Noise Mitigation: Learn about the various sources of noise, and how to mitigate noise using a variety of techniques. (Mike Ritz, W7VO)

How to Hammer your Next Ham Exam: Discover the steps to take to master the material and excel in your next ham exam. (Michael Burnette, AF7KB)

Six Winning Ways to Get Contacts on HF: Get tips on six winning ways to make HF contacts. (Peter Parker, AK3YE)

Technician Licensees, Life Beyond Local Repeaters: Explore the world of activities, modes and bands available beyond local repeaters. (Anthony Luscre, K8ZT)

Watch as many presentations as you want! A big limitation of in-person events is that you can’t watch many of the presentations (you can only be in one room at a time). At the Expo, return anytime within 30 days to view any of the presentations that you missed as well as explore exhibitor offerings. At our last Expo, our 7,500 attendees downloaded 100,000 presentations during the 30 day on-demand period.

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio® in the United States, is a QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Partner. FlexRadio is the Expo’s Platinum Sponsor. Gold Sponsor’s are Elecraft and RFinder.

Early Bird Tickets are just $10 and then $12.50 “at the door”. Access to only the Exhibitor area is free. And save thousands of dollars since you won’t spend on travel, food, and lodging.
For more information, go to https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.

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A History of Amateur Radio in Newfoundland

The Muse reports amateur or 'ham' radio has a rich history in Newfoundland and Labrador. It gives us the ability to transmit messages over long distances without wires or the internet. In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless radio transmission from Signal Hill. From this monumental event sprang the Newfoundland Radio Club. This club persisted until 1959 when it was dissolved, and the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs was formed in its place. SONRA is still active today. 

The term 'amateur' does not indicate the level of expertise of the operator and instead indicates the fact that it is illegal to use ham radio for commercial purposes or profit. Amateur radio can be used for entertainment and as a hobby for SONRA members. It is also essential for transmitting and receiving communications across the province during emergencies such as natural disasters or devastating weather. During Snowmaggedon in 2020, SONRA used amateur radio to aid in notifying emergency services when communities on the Burin Peninsula lost the ability to communicate with each other through phone and internet.

While the loss of communication during an emergency can be devastating, SONRA members are able and willing to aid those in need with their expertise in amateur radio. Learning how to identify an amateur radio operator in your neighbourhood in case of an emergency is part of the training that SONRA is happy to provide to members of the public at their open meetings. The easiest way to identify an amateur radio operator is by their VO license plate, meaning they are available to help in case of emergencies and their vehicle is likely equipped with ham radio equipment.

Read the full story from The Muse

NASA launches Entrepreneurs Challenge to identify innovative ideas

NASA is announcing its 2021 Entrepreneurs Challenge to invite fresh ideas and new participants that will lead to new instruments and technologies with the potential to advance the agency’s science mission goals. The agency’s Science Mission Directorate is seeking novel ideas that focus on priority areas for the commercial sector. The Entrepreneurs Challenge aligns with NASA’s goal to foster innovation and develop new technologies at lower costs while sourcing ideas from across the country with an emphasis on reaching out to underserved communities.

“NASA relies on innovative technology to advance our crucial science goals,” said Nicole Rayl, the acting chief technologist for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Today’s novel ideas enable tomorrow’s cutting-edge research – and we sponsor and support such technology development through every step of that process. We’re always so excited to see the creativity launched by challenges like this.”Successful participants will contribute ideas that advance the state of the art in three broadly defined science technology focus areas:

  • Small satellite capabilities to enable science.Metamaterials-based sensor technologies.
  • Sample handling and processing technology for the detection of biomarkers in highly dilute samples.

To encourage entrepreneurs to participate in the challenge, the Science Mission Directorate will award finalists as much as $90,000 through a two-stage process. NASA will encourage all awardees to take part in follow-on activities provided by its Small Business Innovative Research program to learn about additional ways to work with the agency. In Round One, each participant will submit a five-page white paper that broadly describes the capability their idea offers and its relevance to a specific science-enabling area of technology. A NASA panel will select as many as 20 top ideas to advance to the next round of the competition, awarding each winner $10,000. Companies that advance to Round Two will develop their concepts into detailed submissions.

Participants will submit a more comprehensive white paper and participate in a live Virtual Pitch Event. A NASA judging panel will evaluate them based on their white papers and pitches. Venture capital firms with an interest in the topic areas will be invited to attend the Virtual Pitch Event. At the conclusion of the event, the judging panel will award up to 10 of the highest scoring teams $80,000 each.
To learn more about the Entrepreneurs Challenge and apply, please go to:


MONDAY EDITION: I got tied up with the new mooring over the weekend, replacing the wheel bearings on the boat trailer, bilge pump, and the Fuel Filter/Water Separator ...finally the hole in the water is ready to float in the harbor. This is the summer that wasn't here on the rock, nothing but rain, clouds, and wind or extreme heat.....Bob Heil returns for a visit, Gordon West, Paula and Bill of Portable Operations Challenge, Don presents Ham Radio Newsline, Joe talks 3D printing, and much more along with Val, Amanda and Josh. video.....

The 3905 Century Club will host its Eyeball QSO at Lake Tiak O' Khata in Louisiville, MS July 15-18, 2021

The MFJ-3905 Century Club will be hosting its Eyeball QSO at Lake Tiak O' khata in Louisville, Mississippi July 15-18, 2021. They will also be visiting MFJ headquarters in Starkville, Mississippi to tour the factories.  Martin F. Jue, K5FLU, Founder and President of MFJ Enterprises, Inc. will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, July 17 for the meeting for hams all over the country.

The 3905 Century Club in an international amateur radio club founded in 1977. For over 40 years the club has operated the premier Worked All States, DX and awards nets on the amateur bands and has thousands of members across the globe.

If you want to earn your WAS award or other fun awards this is the place to do it. We run nets on 20m, 40, 80, and 160m in SSB, RTTY, PSK and CW modes. We also offer over 40 awards.

Thee will be a lot of ham radio activity in Mississippi over that weekend.  The Magnolia ARC, Lowndes County ARC and W5YD (Mississippi State University) clubs will be active on-the-air during the event.

'Red' Skelton special event

Special event station K9R is now active until July 18th. Activity is to celebrate the 108th birthday of one of America's most beloved comedic talents, Mr. Richard 'Red' Skelton.

The suggested operating schedule and frequencies are as follows:
Daily operations: Primarily CW and SSB; 1600-2000z and 0000-0400z
CW Frequencies: 3550, 7050, 14050, 21050, 28100 and 50025 (up 2-5 if QRM)
SSB Frequencies: 3885, 7265, 14275, 21290, 28400, 50135 (up 2-5 if QRM)

Watch the K9R Red Skelton Museum Special Event FaceBook page for schedule updates, band opening announcements, etc..

A commemorative K9R QSL card will be issued, available ONLY with an SASE to K9R, POB 5973, Elizabeth,
IN, 47117-5973. Selected items from the Skelton Museum gift shop will be awarded to stations who work K9R in the most band/modes, furthest and rarest DX, etc... Multiple QSOs (dupes on one band/mode are discouraged), no "tail enders", complete callsigns please!

OH2BH Book now available online for free

Marti Lane OH2BH is one of the world’s best known DXers and his book 'Where Do We Go Next' published in 1991 has gone on to be a classic with over 12,000 copies published in four languages.

Now, thanks to the Northern Californian DX Foundation, it is available for free download as a PDF online at www.ncdxf.org/pages/oh2bh.html.

The 300 page book looks at all aspects of DXpeditions from both an organiser and operators’ point of view.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Islands

Brian, GW4DVB, will once again be active as J88PI from Palm Island (aka Prune Island, WW Loc. FK92HO, IOTA NA-025), in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Island group, between July 24th and August 1st.

Activity will be holiday style on 40/20/17/15/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, SSTV and FT8. He will use a Yaesu FT991A into a 10m vertical antenna, a M0CVO HW-40HP off center fed dipole and possibly new antennas.

QSL via GW4DVB direct only (PayPal available) to:
PO Box 20:20, Llanharan, Ponty-clun, Wales - UK CF72 9ZA. For more details and updates, check: http://www.g4dvb.co.uk

ADDED NOTE: Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort. This idyllic tropical hideaway is situated near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an idyllic archipelago of 32 tropical islands and
cays known for its stunning natural beauty, clear, warm waters and turtles.

QSO Today with Andreas Spiess HB9BLA

Andreas Spiess, HB9BLA, is a well known YouTube personality from Switzerland with over 330 thousand subscribers, over 30 million views, and focused on sensors, microcontrollers, Raspberry Pi programming, and projects that use this technology applied to amateur radio.

I found Andreas on YouTube as I am preparing my own QO100 geosynchronous satellite earth station, to allow me to work the Quatar Telecom satellite from Israel.

Listen to the podcast

FRIDAY STORM EDITION: 50 MPH winds and torrential rain today, 4-6 inches. ....I will post news later, I had the grandkids over night and PT for my shoulder at 10AM....

First X-Class Major Solar Flare of Solar Cycle 25 Blacks Out HF on July 3

A lot of radio amateurs may have been wondering, 'Where did the bands go?' as the first X-class solar flare in 4 years blacked out HF propagation for a time on July 3.

'Many American radio amateurs reported sudden HF propagation blackouts on Saturday morning, July 3, when solar active region 12838 produced an X1.5 major solar flare that reached maximum intensity at 1429 UTC, the first X-class solar flare of Solar Cycle 25 and the first since 2017,' Frank Donovan, W3LPL, said. “HF propagation blackouts are caused when x-ray and extreme ultraviolet radiation from X-class solar flares strongly ionizes the absorbing D-region in the Earth’s sun-facing dense lower ionosphere,'  he explained. 

In this instance, it caused what NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) calls an R3-level or strong radio blackout (on a scale of R1 – R5). An R3 incident can cause a wide-area blackout of HF radio communication [and] loss of radio contact for about an hour on sunlit side of Earth. Low-frequency navigation signals degraded for about an hour.

Donovan said that X-class major solar flares are necessary consequences of steadily increasing Solar Cycle 25 activity. 95% of all X-class solar flares occur when the solar flux index is 90 or greater. The remaining 5% can occur any time during the solar cycle, he points out. X1-class major solar flares typically degrade HF propagation for only an hour or two at mid and high latitudes, only on Earth’s sunlit side.

X-class major flares are measured on an open-ended scale. The strongest one ever recorded was an X28 flare in 2003, hundreds of times more powerful than the July 3 X1.5 solar flare. X10-class and stronger solar flares typically have effects that last for most of a day and affect the entire sunlit side of the Earth. Fortunately, X10-class solar flares occur only about once every 20 years or more.

“Much more severe and long-lasting HF propagation degradations are often caused by the coronal mass ejections (CMEs) often associated with — but not caused by — major solar flares,” Donovan explained. “HF propagation degradation caused by CMEs typically begins about 2 days after the effects of the associated solar flare, the duration of the delay depending on interactions between the CME and the solar wind.”

The CME associated with the July 3 X1.5 solar flare is likely to have little to no effect on HF propagation going forward, because the active region was very close to the western edge of the visible solar disk when the CME erupted. Region 12838 rotated off the visible disk on Sunday, July 4.

Solar flares have no significant effect on VHF ionospheric propagation but can degrade satellite communications passing through the ionosphere. More frequent, less powerful M-class medium solar flares produce short-duration degradation at high latitudes. Very frequent, much weaker A-, B-, and C-class solar flares do not degrade HF propagation. — Thanks to Frank Donovan, W3LPL

Radio hams combine High-tech with Low-tech

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports amateur radio operators find creative ways to communicate when all else fails

It was a recent rainy Saturday morning in Hickory Hill Park, a beautiful 185-acre tract of public land tucked next to St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Iowa City.

Members of the Iowa City Amateur Radio Club were busy. They unloaded antennae, computers, radio transmitters, electrical hookups and other equipment to set up several ham radio operating stations on the picnic tables under the open shelter here.

It was Field Day, an annual 24-hour event when the local club joins thousands of others in the United States and Canada to practice skills needed in case of a communications emergency.

ICARC takes this seriously. If for some reason the power is gone and cell phones are dead, ham radio operators can connect people using basic technology more than 100 years old.

“This is the backup plan in countries all over the world for when all else fails,” Melissa Haendel W7MAH told me.

She is a data scientist who traveled to Iowa City from her home in Oregon to visit her father, Rich Haendel W3ACO, and help with the ICARC event. Rich is a past club president and a key organizer for this training session.

There’s sophistication in the radios and computers, but setting up the site also involved some low-tech solutions.

Rich Haendel showed me the homemade “spud gun” he uses to set up four special antennae to help the club transmit and receive signals properly during this exercise.

Read the full story at


THURSDAY EDITION: Sure has been bizzare weather here on the rock. Friday expecting 2-4 inches of rain and a tropical storm watch....

W1AW/KL7 to serve as ARRL Headquarters station for IARU event

W1AW/KL7 will be in Alaska to serve as the ARRL Headquarters (HQ) station for the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF World Championship competition on July 10 – 11.

To provide radio amateurs an opportunity to work W1AW, as well as the state of Alaska, use of W1AW/KL7 has been authorized from 0000 UTC on July 8 to 2359 UTC on July 13.

NU1AW, the IARU Headquarters station, will be active as NU1AW/5, in a multioperator distributed operation from the ARRL West Gulf Division (Texas and Oklahoma). NU1AW/5 will be on CW and SSB, 1.8 – 28 MHz. W1AW/KL7 and NU1AW will be the only US HQ stations active.

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, will be giving out the AC (Administrative Council) multiplier, along with new IARU Secretary Joel Harrison, W5ZN.

Here is a list of IARU HQ stations, courtesy of Bob, N6TV, and Joe, OZ0J.

Slovenian 30 Years of Independence Award

The Slovenian Amateur Radio Union will celebrate the country's 30 years of Independence by issuing a special award. It will be eligible to all amateur radio enthusiasts all over the World.

For this event only, which started at the end of June and is running until December 31st 2021, 23:59 UTC, the Slovenian amateur radio stations can use special call signs. Those will add the number '30' into the suffix. For example: S50ZZ will be S5030ZZ, S51A will be S5130A, S57XXX will be S5730XXX etc.

In order to obtain the award a foreign amateur radio station must have at least 30 contacts with a S5 stations (regular and special call signs apply), out of which 10 or more with special prefixes ('30'). The use of any band/mode counts for the award.

Send the log - list of contacts (date, time, call, band and mode) to the following e-mail address: scc /at/ hamradio.si. The same email also applies for any possible questions.

The award will be issued in electronic form and will be downloadable as a PDF file from the website of Slovenia Contest Club.

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Port City ARC really does a great job on Field Day......NASA's helicopter on Mars just keeps flying and flying ...New nanotech will enable the human body to produce an electric current.....Yes. you can buy a fighter jet....The U.S. Space Force on Wednesday announced it has selected its first small group of soldiers, sailors and Marines who will transfer permanently into the sixth military branch -- part of a larger effort to centralize space operations and related missions within the fledgling service.

Port City Amateur Radio Club Field Day, NH has it down to a science..tnx Kriss- KA1GJU

We got the 1x1 call again of K1R for our 3A site atop Stratham Hill Park, Stratham, NH

Monoband beams tram lined up to the old fire watch tower, all pointing SW.

Top to bottom:
75/80 m dipole on backside of tower cantilevered with 14- 2x4 
One end of Joe's (K1JEK) Cobra antenna at the microwave dish antenna.
4 element 15m
3 element 20m
4 element 10m
5 element 6m

Not in view, but behind photographer a 3 element 40m wire beam pointing WSW (limited geometry on recently cut trees to aim SW)

Joe-K1JEK hiding amd Mike - N1XW

Steve (KC1ILT) sending 10 digital msgs via Winlink on a solar powered station
 with an NVIS antenna and phone ops on 2m & 70cm

Stuffed jalapeno poppers and bacon wrapped meatballs for the Sat PM appetizers, and home made pulled/shedded BBQ Pork, BBQ chicken, and  BBQ beans! Complements of Dave, W1DWF and his smoker.

Lifetime Achievement Award for K5JIM

The Daily Journal reports Jim Buffington K5JIM of Aberdeen, Mississippi, has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to amateur radio

The newspaper says:

For more than 20 years, amateur radio operator Jim Buffington has traveled to lighthouses along the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf Coast to activate his equipment at or near the light through membership in the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS).

The international organization recently recognized him for his contributions by presenting him with its Lifetime Achievement Award for being a member and holding offices such as vice president and chairman.

“Ham radio is very diverse. You can get into satellites, you can be active in public service. Most hams have an interest in certain areas, and mine just happened to fall in lighthouses,” he said.

Buffington, whose call signal is K5JIM, was introduced to the ARLHS by a friend in 2000 who was a member.

“We activate lighthouses, which is to say we operate mobile and portable ham stations from the sites of lighthouses,” he said.

The former Aberdeen radio station owner attended broadcasting school in Memphis with the late Johnny Cash.

His first experience activating a lighthouse was in Biloxi in January 2001, and he has done so as far away as Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Read the full story at

Zodiacal light comes from Mars

NASA's Juno spacecraft has made a surprising discovery.
Mars appears to be leaking dust, filling a huge volume of interplanetary space with glowing debris.

We can see the resulting cloud with our naked eyes; it's called "Zodiacal Light."

Full story @ Spaceweather.com.


TUESDAY EDITION: New Rusky rifle fires underwater....I heard a ham at a NH hamfest had a stroke during field day, I hope he is ok. We had a ham suffer a seizure during field day here in town, he is fine...

Departure of SpaceX Dragon cargo freighter from ISS

NASA’s SpaceX Dragon cargo freighter, loaded with approximately 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and other cargo from the International Space Station, will depart Tuesday, July 6, bound for a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean Thursday, July 8, completing the company’s 22nd commercial resupply services mission for NASA.

Live coverage of the departure will begin at 10:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 6, on NASA Television, the agency’s website, and the NASA app. NASA will not provide coverage of the splashdown.

The RaDAR Challenge

The RaDAR Challenge is a unique event aimed at promoting the use of Rapidly Deployable Amateur Radio stations.

The second leg runs from 00:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC on Saturday 10 July 2021, but RaDAR operators will decide on their maximum, single period, four-hour activity. Activity is on all bands and modes except QSOs via terrestrial FM repeaters.

The RaDAR Challenge is not considered to be a contest but an individual challenge.

The exchange is your call sign, your name, a RS, RST or RSQ report and your 8- or 10-character grid locator. Log sheets must be submitted by 23:59 CAT on Thursday 15 July 2021 by e-mail to edleighton@gmail.com.

Get all the rules on page 100 of the 2021 Blue Book.

St. Kitts

John, W5JON, has announced he will once again be active as V47JA from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies vacation home, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, between October 4-18th.

Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB and FT8.

Equipment is a Yaesu FT1000MP, FT450D and an Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier.
John states his antennas are a Mosley Mini32A 10/15/20m, 33' Vertical 10-40m, 35' Top Loaded 80m Vertical, 160m Vertical and 6m 5 element Yagi.

ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs. ADDED NOTE: John will also make a side trip to Saint Eustatius Island (PJ5) and Saint Martin Island (FS)

St. Helena Island

Gerry, G3WIP (VK0GB, VK4BGL, VP8DPD), has now received his callsign and will be active as ZD7GB from the main village of Jamestown on St. Helena Island (AF-022).

He is there working as a doctor on the island until September 6th.

Activity will be during his free/spare time on 40-10 meters using SSB and FT8/FT4.
Gerry also brought his QO-100 satellite gear with him. His equipment is a FT857 and Atlas-210. Antennas are a vertical that tunes on 20 meter as well as a longwire.

QSL details are not figured out yet.

Svalbard operation

Tom, OH6VDA/LA6VDA, will once again be active as JW6VDA from the JW5E club station (http://jw5e.com/) in Longyearbyen (JQ78tf) on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) between October 12th and November 1st.

Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands using SSB and FT8/FT4.

QSL via LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog's OQRS or QRZ.com log. Bureau cards via LA6VDA.

JULY 4th EDITION: A soggy 4th is predicted and no parade planned in town but it won't stop the family cookouts, enjoy the day...Thanks to Ari for the hidden July 4th girls...The Oil companies knew about climate change 60 years ago and allowed it to happen.....48 cylinder motorcycle is insane...Ham radio to the rescue.....

Tom Perera, W1TP, has a collection of over 3000 Morse code keys and bugs going back to pre-American Civil War, perhaps the largest collection in the World. He displays these keys in his virtual, on-line museum.

W1TP shares with me the history of his collection, some interesting stories, and his newest interest and collection of military cipher machines, including the WW2 German Enigma, in this QSO Today.

Listen to the podcast

VOA video on portable ham radio and emergency communications

In this VOA Zimbabwe video Raisa R1BIG explains how due to the antenna limitations at her apartment she operates portable amateur radio

Amateur or 'ham' radio operators sometimes take their two-way radios to remote locations and talk to people around the world using battery power and portable antennas. As Mike O’Sullivan reports, they are making friends and preparing for emergencies.

Watch the VOA Zimbabwe video

The July-August Communicator

110 Pages of Projects, News, Views and Reviews, the July - August Communicator is now available for viewing or download at bit.ly/SARC21Jul-Aug

Read in over 130 countries now, we bring you Amateur Radio news from the SW corner of Canada and elsewhere

Foundations of Amateur Radio

What mode is that?

The hobby of amateur radio is about communication. When you go on-air and make noise, you initiate a communications channel, sending information out into the world and hoping for another station to receive and decode what you sent. The channel itself can be used in an infinite number of ways and each one is called a modulation mode, or mode for short. The popular ones come with most radios, CW, AM, SSB and FM.

Those few are not the only ones available. In fact as computers are being integrated into the radio at an increasing pace, signal processing is becoming part and parcel of the definition of a mode and new modes are being introduced at break neck speed. I've talked about WSPR as an example of one such mode, but there are many, each with their own particular take on how to get information between two stations.

As you listen on the bands you'll increasingly find yourself hearing a bewildering litany of beeps, pops and clicks. Some of those are due to ionospheric conditions, but many are different modes that are being experimented with across our spectrum.

If you have access to a band scope, a way of visualising radio spectrum, you can actually see the shapes and patterns of such signals over time and getting to that point can be as easy as feeding your radio audio into your computer and launching a copy of fldigi or WSJT-X.

Every mode requires a specific tool to decode it and with practice you'll discover that there is often a particular look or sound associated with a mode. Over time you'll confidently select the correct decoder, using your brain for the process of signal identification.

Of course if you don't have access to the library in your brain yet, since you've only just started, or if the mode you've come across is new, you'll need another library to discover what you found. There is such a library, the Signal Identification Wiki. It's a web-site that hosts a list of submitted signals, grouped by usage type, including one for our community.

On the amateur radio page of the Signal Identification Wiki there are over 70 different modes listed, complete with a description, an audio file and a spectrogram. With that you can begin to match what you've discovered on your radio to what the web-site has in the library and determine if you can decode the incoming information.

I will mention at this point that the Signal Identification Wiki is far from complete. For example, the Olivia mode has 40 so-called sub-modes of which about 8 are in common use. Each of those sub-modes looks and sounds different. The wiki shows only a single line for Olivia.

I'm pointing this out because the wiki allows you to submit a mode for others to use. If you have a signal, either by recording it off-air, or better still, recording it directly from the source, consider submitting it to the wiki so others can benefit from your experience.

If you've come across a signal and you cannot figure out what it is, there are other places you can go for help. The four and a half thousand members of the /r/signalidentification sub on reddit will happily look at and listen to your signal and try to help. Make sure you contribute some meta data like the time, frequency and location to accompany the spectrogram and audio.

You might have come to this point wondering why I'm encouraging you to use and contribute to the wiki and ask for help on reddit. Amateur radio is about experimentation. We love to do that and as we make signal processing easier and easier, more people are making new modes to play with.

The speed at which this is happening is increasing and as an operator you can expect to come across new signals. I remember not that long ago, it was last month, tuning to an FT8 frequency and the person I was with asking what that sound was. They'd heard it before but never discovered its purpose, even though FT8 has been with us since the 29th of June 2017.

What interesting signals have you come across and how did you go with decoding them?

I'm Onno VK6FLAB

Ham radio helping lifelong hobbyists stay mentally fit in old age

Australia's ABC News has an excellent article on the benefits of amateur radio in old age - which says:

It comes with all the benefits of social media but without 'any of the downsides' — and one of Australia's oldest ham radio enthusiasts says it is also the perfect hobby for retirees looking to stay mentally sharp.

West Australian-based Norman Gomm took to ham radio over forty years ago and now aged 82 has no intention of signing off just yet.

As one of Australia's estimated 10,500 licensed ham radio operators, Mr Gomm, also the president of the Bunbury Radio Club. He says it is rare that a day goes by without him spending at least a couple of hours in his purpose-built 'ham shack'.

"I find it's very good for me," Mr Gomm told the ABC amid a dazzling display of flashing lights and crackling radio static. "I'm 82 years of age and you need to keep your mind working actively all the time," he said.

"Ham radio requires a lot of cognitive skills and a lot of understanding technology, so I find that's very good for keeping me active."

Operating under the call sign of 'Victor Kilo Six, Golf Oscar Mike,' Mr Gomm is able to converse with fellow ham radio enthusiasts "in just about any country on earth" depending on the time of day using an internationally recognised phonetic alphabet.

"We're bound by regulation not to say naughty things over the radio waves. and we have a code of conduct which makes us behave relatively politely to each other," Mr Gomm said. "It's just a general ethic among ham radio people that you behave well to each other. "So it's got all the plusses of social media and none of the downsides."

And the topic mostly discussed among ham radio operators? "The weather mainly," Mr Gomm said, with a dry laugh.

"On the international frequencies, the conversation tends to be a bit limited so we stick to topics like the weather and discussing equipment, but the thrill of it lies in making contact with someone on the other side of the planet."

Read the full ABC News item, and watch the video at:

ARRL EC Minutes record President's deep displeasure with FCC

ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR has expressed his deep personal displeasure with the lack of action by the FCC on Amateur matters

The minutes of the ARRL Executive Committee meeting held June 8, 2021, say:

Mr. Roderick voiced his deep personal displeasure with the lack of action by the FCC on Amateur matters that are impairing the Amateur Service, saying that “ it is embarrassing that American Amateurs built upon its century-old tradition of message handling by developing many of the original digital message-handling techniques currently in widespread use,  but  due  to  a  1980’s-era rule are prevented  from communicating with stations in other countries using the most efficient state-of-the-art digital techniques.”

Continuing, Mr. Roderick commented that even more damaging is that the 1980's-era rule, and the delay in addressing other Amateur proceedings, some of which have been languishing for over eight years, are collectively preventing the Amateur Service from advancing the skills of new Hams in both communications and technical phases of the advancement of the radio arts.

Ending his comments, he shared his belief that efforts of the Amateur Service to recruit new Hams and interest students in STEM subjects are being thwarted by the lack of FCC action on long-pending matters that the ARRL has repeatedly urged the FCC to update and allow American Amateur  Operators  to  join  the  rest  of  the  world’s  Amateurs  in  the  experimentation  and  development  of  exciting new communication modes.

The EC minutes record the FCC has failed to resolve these Amateur Radio related proceedings:

• Docket 16-239 (symbol rate): Initiated by ARRL petition filed on Nov. 15, 2013; assigned RM-11708. After receiving comments, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to delete the 300-baud symbol rate as requested, but declining to propose any bandwidth limitation in its place. This NPRM was adopted by the Commission on July 27, 2016, comments received, and remains pending.

• RM-11828 (Enhancing Technician Class Privileges) would, among other proposals, allow the entering (technician) class licensee to engage in and learn digital and voice communication on limited portions of the HF bands below 10 meters. Petition filed by ARRL on February 28, 2018, assigned RM-11828, comments received, and remains pending.

• RM-11759 (Rebalancing the 80/75 Meter Sub-bands) would relieve congestion that is particularly bad in portions of the band. CW and digital modes are squeezed below 3.600. Petition filed by ARRL on January 8, 2016, comments received, and remains pending.

• RM-11767 (Eliminating the 15 dB HF Amplifier Gain Limit ) would delete the 15 dB HF amplifier restriction originally adopted in 1978 within a set of rules, many since repealed, that intended to prevent use of Amateur HF amplifiers by CBers.   Many modern amplifiers use LDMOS devices that have greater gain capabilities than tubes, but cannot be marketed in the U.S. without modification to limit gain. This petition was filed by Expert Linears America, LLC on April 7, 2016, comments received, and remains pending.  Expert Linears filed a Petition for Waiver of the same rule on June 11, 2016. After receiving comment, the Wireless Bureau denied the waiver request on Dec. 27, 2016, finding in part that ruling on the waiver request would prejudice the outcome of the petition for rulemaking by prematurely deciding the issue.

Read the full EC meeting minutes at

THURSDAY EDITION: We had quite a show last night with lots of lightning strikes in the ocean, lit the house up....I was going to launch the boat on Saturday but my son found the chain needs to be replaced in the mooring both bow and stern, diver scheduled for Saturday morning, the joy of owning a boat....


Nevada Radio are delighted to announce their appointment as exclusive UK Distributors and dealers for the new DISCOVERY TX-500 weatherproof 10W transceiver.

Covering 160m through to 6m this Russian made, military style radio, is set to take portable operating by storm!

The first shipment in to the UK is due September more details here:

FCC Reaffirms Nearly $3 Million Fine for Marketing Unauthorized Drone Transmitters

In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released June 17, the FCC denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed by HobbyKing of a $2,861,128 fine for marketing noncompliant RF equipment and for failing to respond to FCC orders in its investigation of the company’s practices. In the same step, the FCC enforced its equipment marketing rules. The fine resulted from an FCC investigation initiated by ARRL’s January 2017  complaint that the HobbyKing equipment was “blatantly illegal at multiple levels.”

“The Forfeiture Order is the final chapter of a story that started with a report to the ARRL Board by the EMC Committee in 2017, as a result of the discovery that aerial drone TV transmitting equipment was being imported and marketed without proper FCC authorization under FCC Part 15 rules,” said ARRL Electromagnetic Compatibility Committee Chair Kermit Carlson, W9XA.

As spelled out in ARRL’s 2017 complaint, the ARRL Laboratory had documented that the operating frequencies of these drone TV transmitters near the 1.3 GHz amateur band were dip-switch selectable for frequencies internationally assigned for use by Aeronautical Navigation, GPS, GLONASS L1, ATC Mode “S,” as well as to both the interrogation and reply frequencies used for Air Traffic Control Air-Route Surveillance “transponder” radar systems. “Transmissions from these drone TV transmitters would have caused harmful interference to these essential Navigation and ATC Radar systems, presenting a real and dangerous threat to the safety of flight,” Carlson said.

ARRL’s complaint noted that given the channel configuration, these units would not have a legitimate amateur radio use, and that the marketing was directed at drone enthusiasts and not to licensed radio amateurs. “ARRL Laboratory tests did prove that only one of the seven available channels was within the 1.3 GHz amateur band,” Carlson said.

“This is another example of ARRL not only affirmatively acting to protect our Members’ interests, but also acting to protect the safety and security of vital services and the general public,” Carlson said.

HobbyKing had denied that it was marketing its drone transmitters to US customers, but as the ARRL January 2017 complaint pointed out, ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, was able to purchase two drone transmitters from HobbyKing and have them shipped to a US address for testing in the Lab.

Hare and ARRL Lab staffers Mike Gruber, W1MG, and Bob Allison, WB1GCM, tested the units. Carlson, as well as the Electromagnetic Compatibility Committee he chairs, were credited in the complaint for calling attention to the issue and prompting ARRL’s action.

“The FCC noted that Amateur Radio equipment used to telecommand model craft are limited to 1 W (1,000 mW), but three transmitters included in the FCC investigation operated at significantly higher power levels of 1,500 mW and 2,000 mW,” ARRL said.

HobbyKing had told the FCC that it had no notice of the Commission’s authorization requirements; that the Fifth Amendment relieved HobbyKing of its duty to respond; that the forfeiture amount was inappropriate because its parent company, Indubitably, Inc., lacked the ability to pay to the Forfeiture Order; and that the Commission was time-barred from taking action against ABC Fulfillment Services LLC because it was not part of HobbyKing’s business.

“Upon review of HobbyKing’s Petition for Reconsideration and the entire record, we find no basis for reconsideration because the petition fails to present new information warranting reconsideration,” the FCC said in the MO&O. “Rather, HobbyKing again raises the very same arguments already considered and rejected in the Forfeiture Order.

The fine reaffirms the monetary penalty sought in a June 2018 FCC Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL). The FCC said it found that dozens of devices marketed by the company transmitted in unauthorized radio frequency bands and, in some cases, operated at excessive power levels.

HobbyKing is the trade name of two US-based companies that include ABC Fulfillment Services LLC and Indubitably, Inc. HobbyKing has a New York office and customer service operations in the US, the FCC noted.

In its earlier Forfeiture Order, the FCC said it had made clear that “[d]evices used in the Amateur Radio Service do not require authorization prior to being imported into the United States, but “if such equipment can operate in amateur and non-amateur frequencies, it must be certified prior to marketing and operation.”  The FCC investigation found that 65 models of devices marketed by HobbyKing did not have the required FCC certification.

Responding to the FCC, HobbyKing claimed to have ceased marketing the 65 models the FCC identified, but promised only to make “best efforts” not to market other noncompliant RF devices.

“HobbyKing has a continuing obligation to market only radio frequency equipment that is properly authorized,” the FCC said. “We therefore remind HobbyKing that continuing to market noncompliant radio frequency devices could result in further significant forfeitures.”

New RSGB-Ofcom EMF Calculator available

The RSGB has announced on Twitter that an updated version of the EMF Calculator is now available for download

The RSGB tweet read:

Following update from @Ofcom to its guidance “What you need to know as an Amateur Radio user” we've updated RSGB calculator to version rsgb10a. Find this on our website: http://rsgb.org/emf
Please treat this as a beta release and report any problems to m0jav@rsgb.org.uk #hamr

Source RSGB

Interplanetary shock wave sparks midsummer auroras

A minor interplanetary shock wave jolted Earth's magnetic field during the early hours of June 30th, sparking rare midsummer auroras over Canada and some northern-tier US states.

It might have been the edge of a CME originally expected to arrive on July 1st. If not, another jolt could occur in the next 24 hours.

Full story @ Spaceweather.com

WEDNESDAY EDITION: Third day of some pretty good heat....Those huge boobs on your Hooter's waitress, that's a lie....Flying cars may become a reality sooner than we think....

Radio hams reach across the world

The Vindicator reports on amateur radio field day which was held the weekend of June 26-27

The newspaper says:

It’s easy to assume that amateur radio operators who communicate with one another are merely engaging in an enjoyable pastime or avocation, but Frank Sole WB8YHD won’t hesitate to spread that notion farther and wider.

“Amateur radio most people view as a hobby, but if you look at the FCC rules and regulations, it’s a service, not a hobby,” Sole, a Mahoning Valley Amateur Radio Association member, observed. “We were actually the birth of radio in this country and world, really.”

Sole was among the radio operators who conducted continuous emergency communications and other demonstrations for 24 hours Saturday and Sunday during Field Day activities at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana Canfield Road.

Calling amateur radio operators, “the minutemen of communications,” Sole noted that many of them also are storm spotters who communicate with the National Weather Service regarding severe weather threats. Their observations are crucial largely because they can see tornadoes and severe storms in real time before Doppler radar can detect such activity, explained Sole, a former broadcaster for WFMJ-TV 21.

Read the full story at

Sedalia Amateur Radio Klub

KSIS AM reports on the Sedalia Pettis Amateur Radio Klub (SPARK) who participated in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day on Saturday, an annual event that takes place on the fourth weekend of June.

A handful of club members gathered behind Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3700 West Broadway, for about eight hours of contacting other ham radio operators in the US and Canada.

The club utilized a generator to power their equipment for the day. Most all have base units at home they use on a daily basis.

Paul Withers, former SPARK president, explained the reason behind the exercise.

'Amateurs bring our their “go equipment” basically, their emergency equipment, if something was to happen, if a repeater went down, we could help the police, fire, EMS, EMA, communicate with radio equipment if all their equipment went down,” Withers said.

'That's what happened in Joplin 2011 when they had the big tornado. Ham radio was there to pick it up,' he said.

'It's easy to 'get the bug' and delve into the world of ham radio,' Withers noted.

The purpose of the club, founded in 1935, is to get people interested and involved in emergency radio. “And it's fun,” Withers admitted.

'You can get into ham radio for as little as $30 up to thousands,' he noted. You can start where you want, and spend as much as your wife will allow."

Read the full KSIS AM article, which also contains lots of interesting pictures at:

Bouncing signals off the moon: Amateur Radio Club draws young and experienced 'ham' operators

Amateur radio operators from across the Golden Triangle gathered over the weekend at the Community Counseling Services Administrative Campus, formerly Mary Holmes College in West Point.

By the end of Sunday, at least one operator had made it 7,850 miles from there, to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, using Morse code.

The farthest radio contact was one of the highlights of a picture perfect weekend for Mississippi State University’s W5YD Amateur Radio Club annual field day event.

“Four months of planning went into putting this together,” said Colby Stevens, club vice president. “There’s more to it than just fellowship. It takes effort.”

Club public information coordinator Caleb Rich said the event assembles individual amateur radio operators as well as amateur radio clubs to set up their portable stations and practice operations in the field.

“This gives them an opportunity to see how well their equipment is, or is not, working before any event occurs that may require that emergency response,” he said.

Participants in the field day ranged from teens to seasoned veterans who find common ground in the fascinating world of radio communications. Tents and antennas were scattered around the parking lot with teams reaching out across the globe to contact colleagues, since the field day is an international event.

A Methodist pastor from Columbus, Reverend Gene Bramlett has been involved in amateur or “ham” radio for 10 years.

“It’s a hands-on hobby,” he said. “It begins with theory that is perfected through experimentation to become real-time communication.”


TUESDAY EDITION: I had the opportunity to buy a month old LDG AT-100ProII autotuner yesterday. I gave it a whirl last night and I really like it so far, it replaces a LDG IT-100 which is basically the same thing but with more buttons and a LED display showing power out and SWR....I was given a prototype offset fed dipole by Rick-K1BQT years ago, it covers 10-40 ( I didn't try 75). I brought it to field day and it was used very successfully and worked flawlessly. Rick designed antennas and qrp rigs for MFJ and I believe this antenna is now in the MFJ line, thanks Rick!!....I took my wife to the Doctor yesterday in Beverly (15 miles off the island). It was 101 degrees out and when I got home it was 81, the benefits living 200 yards from the ocean....Good article on how to over complicate a simple antenna system....

MDXC presentation available online

Bob Urban, W9EWZ, President of the Madison DX Club, sent out the following announcement:
For those who might have missed the excellent presentation (on June 8th), "Modes of Propagation on 6 Meters," by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, the complete program video is now available on the Madison DX Club's YouTube channel at:

Video: The making of the world's first wooden satellite

The WISA Woodsat, the world’s first wooden satellite successfully completed its stratospheric test flight earlier this month. The nano-satellite was designed and constructed to 'hopefully' withstand the harsh rigors of space orbit, according to the mission team.

In the test, a functional model of the WISA Woodsat climbed 19 miles into the sky tethered to a weather balloon. The satellite’s camera captured a selfie video of the balloon popping at which time the tiny satellite parachuted back to earth. It was recovered intact lodged in a spruce tree.

The 10cm (4-inch) birch plywood panels that formed the test satellite and a duplicate “spare” version, were manufactured at UPM Plywood’s Savonlinna factory designed to the CubeSat standard popularly used in educational science programs. The Finnish company sells its construction-grade panels under the WISA trademark, hence the satellite’s first name. The panels were thermo-vacuum dried and processed on a CNC machining center

Read the full story and watch the video:

Notes from the Museums: A Telegram

Today’s generation possesses an ability to enter text messages and emails on a cell phone with lightning speed. In 1885, when a telegraph office was established in the train depot in Brooksville, telegrams were created with that kind of speed.

Not only that, but a new language was devised by inventor, Samuel Morse, that became known as the Morse code. The telegraph operator had to learn the language of dots and dashes both to send and receive messages. The messages were printed as dots and dashes and then were transcribed into a typed telegram.

Operators got so good at hearing the telegraph key clicks that they could transcribe without even looking at what was on the written ticker. They used a sounding box to amplify and to help them hear the sound of the taps. Someone came up with the idea of placing an empty tobacco can next to the key to create an even louder sound.

Whether the telegram was sent from Dade City concerning a shipment of turpentine and rosin or from Raymond Robins at Chinsegut Hill to one of his well-known friends or officials, telegrams humming through the lines brought Brooksville into the high-speed world of the time.

MONDAY EDITION: I never got to the weekend news due to having fun with Field Day and final preparations on the new boat. I had a great weekend and welcome your Field Day picture at jcunham@aol.com...I am waiting for pics from our field day, I didn't shoot any due to my one handed situation due to shoulder surgery....30THZ news.....People are so afraid of being buried alive they had to invent safety coffins ......We Exploded Blast Proof Steel Box! How Many Grenades did it Take? .....Why does outer space look black....

Amateur Radio Club holds two-day event at USS Kidd

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club members aboard the destroyer USS Kidd made radio contact with over 37 states, two Canadian providences and 10 other museum ships June 5-6.

The Kidd was one of 81 ships around the world taking part in Museum Ships Weekend. One of the primary objectives was to showcase those ships, now museums, that served their countries so well. Amateur radio operators got the opportunity to enhance their skills on Morse code and phone while onboard these historic ships.

Participating locally were Leonard and Dayna Bowman, Jennifer Bordelon, John Krupsky, Chris Reine, Jon Reise, Ken Shutt and Elmer Tatum.

The club will also be operating aboard the USS KIDD on July 4, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Dec. 7 (Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day). Visitors are welcome to observe while following COVID-19 guidelines.

For more information about the club, visit brarc.org.

FRIDAY EDITION: Is HAARP Firing Up? FAA Issues Warning About "Electromagnetic Radiation" ....Exclusive: Hacker reveals smart meters are spilling secrets about the Texas snowstorm ....

May 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service. This is the May 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report.

  • Technician operators in Palm Bay and Hollywood, Florida, received Advisory Notices after making more than a dozen FT8 contacts on 40 and 20 meters. Technicians are not permitted to operate on 20 meters and have no data privileges on 40 meters.

  • A licensee in El Cerrito, California, received an Advisory Notice concerning use of his 444.700 MHz repeater for deliberate interference and unidentified transmissions.

  • A General-class licensee in Guanica, Puerto Rico, received an Advisory Notice after operating on 14.187 MHz during a DX contest in May. General-class licensees have no privileges below 14.225 MHz on 20 meters.

  • A General-class licensee in Texas received a Warning concerning deliberate interference, broadcasting, and failure to identify on 3.919 MHz and 3.922 MHz. The operator was informed that if such operation continued, the FCC would be requested to remove voice privileges from his license.

  • A General-class licensee in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, received an Advisory Notice for operation on 7.163 MHz. General-class licensees are not permitted to operate below 7.175 MHz.

  • A repeater station in Mission Viejo, California, was shut down after the operator received a notice that the repeater was being used for deliberate interference.

  • A warning was issued to a licensee in Erie, Pennsylvania, for operation on 146.61 MHz and 146.682 MHz after the repeater licensee had requested in writing that the individual refrain from using the repeaters.

VM monitoring totals during April were 1,784 hours on HF frequencies and 2,214 hours on VHF frequencies and above.

The Volunteer Monitor coordinator had one meeting with the FCC, and one case was referred to the FCC for further action. — Thanks to Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, Volunteer Monitor Program Coordinator 

FCC Seeks Comments in Proceeding Involving 70 and 5 Centimeters

FCC Releases Further Notice in Satellite Launch Proceeding Involving 70 and 5 Centimeters

The FCC is soliciting a second round of comments on whether to authorize commercial space entities to obtain licenses for frequencies used exclusively during space launch activities. The proposals include parts of the 70-centimeter (420 – 430 MHz) and 5-centimeter (5650 – 5925 MHz) bands. The federal government is allocated this spectrum on a primary basis and routinely uses it during space launches, but commercial space companies must obtain short-term Special Temporary Authority (STA) authorizations from the FCC to use it for the same purpose.

The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in commercial space launches. In March, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) streamlined its commercial space launch and reentry licensing regulations. In April, the FCC adopted some of its proposals from 2013 and solicited additional comment in a Further Notice on the above proposals in ET Docket No. 13-115, “Allocation of Spectrum for Non-Federal Space Launch Operations.” The proposals would allow private commercial space companies to obtain regular FCC licenses instead of launch-specific STAs in a number of bands, including 420 – 430 MHz and 5650 – 5925 MHz.  The federal government, including the US Department of Defense, is the primary user of both bands.  Amateur operations are allocated on a secondary basis. The FCC again seeks comment on whether it should give commercial space launch entities access to the same limited space launch uses already employed by the federal government on this spectrum.

Primary federal users heavily employ the 70-centimeter segment for radiolocation applications. Frequencies in the 420 – 430 MHz segment also can be used during space launches to send a flight self-destruct signal if a launch goes off course and poses danger to a populated area. The Commission’s 2013 proposal, repeated in 2021, would permit use restricted to flight termination during launches by commercial space launch companies.

Primary federal users also make use of 5650 – 5925 MHz for radiolocation applications, with channels used during launches for radar tracking. The Commission proposes to permit use by commercial entities similarly limited to use for radar tracking of launch vehicles.

The Commission notes in its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that since 2013, commercial entities have become established in space launch operations that were formerly the province of NASA. “To support these commercial space ventures, entities such as the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, and the Houston Airport System have established non-Federal spaceports,” the FCC said, noting that five bands — including 420 – 430 MHz and 5650 – 5925 MHz — are commonly used for communication with and tracking of launch vehicles.

The Commission noted, however, that several commercial space launch providers indicated that they do not use either band for their operations. The FCC said that it has not granted an STA for the 420 – 430 MHz band related to space launches, and in the recent past only one operator obtained STAs to use the 5650-5925 MHz band for a small number of launches.

The Commission concluded that, “Given the limited current use of these bands during space launches [by commercial space entities], we are not convinced that there is need for new allocations for either band.”

Comments are due on or before July 12, 2021; reply comments are due on or before August 9, 2021.

UPI reports on the WoodSat CubeSat

United Press International (UPI) carries a story about the WoodSat CubeSat which is made from wood and carries an amateur radio payload  

It is hoped the satellite, which is part of a Public Relations initiative by Finland's UPM Plywood company which produces WISA® plywood, will be launch towards the end of the year.

The UPI story says:

Woodsat has attracted attention from corporations and media around the world and elicited cooperation from the European Space Agency.

Arctic Astronautics, which normally focuses on tiny educational satellite kits for schools, builds Woodsat. A Finnish company, UPM Plywood, provides high-quality wood for the craft and covers the launch cost.

Amateur radio and LoRa get a brief mention:

Woodsat also offers a unique chance to transmit messages around the globe only by bouncing a radio signal off the satellite, Nyman said.

To use that feature, members of the public must have what is known as a LoRa-capable amateur radio operating at a 70-centimeter wavelength.

The WoodSat team have applied for IARU satellite frequency coordination

Read the UPI story at

Get departments involved with TALARC

When The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) announced in December 2020 that it was winding down its national communications – from the monthly newsletter to special event operations from K5TAL at National Headquarters – club leadership urged individual TALARC members and post TALARC clubs to make efforts to increase involvement in ham radio activities on the post and department levels, as an arena for community service.

TALARC – which as of late June boasts 54 post-supported clubs and just under 4,400 members – was itself established in 2010-2011 with help from the already existing California American Legion Amateur Radio Service (CALARS). With the number of post clubs growing, the next step is increasing participation on the department level. And members in Mississippi are having success in that arena. Don Rand WV5Q reports that in 2020 the Department of Mississippi approved a TALARC Coordinating Committee designed to help posts set up new ham clubs, as well as reach out to their communities to offer themselves as emergency operating sites via memorandums of understanding. “Our goal for 2021-2022,” he says, “is to have at least 20 percent of the posts with the MOU, and at least three more TALARC clubs in the state.”

For post clubs or individuals interested in seeing their department become more active with ham radio, a page of resources can be seen here. Many of the bylaws, etc., are written for posts, but could be modified as needed. Allies may be found in the department communications or national security/disaster preparedness heads – or both. But the first stop is the adjutant.

And when it’s time to share your success story, Amateur Radio has its own category on Legiontown

Source: https://www.legion.org/hamradio/252831/get-departments-involved-talarc%C2%A0

Fans of ham radio have a Field Day this weekend in Pepperell

The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club will participate in the annual Amateur Radio Field Day this weekend, from Saturday, June 26, at 1 p.m., through Sunday, June 27, at 4 p.m.

The encampment will be setup at Pepperell’s West Heald Street Orchard, which is on Heald Street, Pepperell, Massachusetts. The public is invited.

The ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the U.S. and Canada.
On the fourth weekend of June of each year, thousands of radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or with friends to operate from remote locations.

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, fun. More than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach and technical skills all in a single event.

Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio

THURSDAY EDITION: WX looks good for Field Day, that would be nice...Ten Meter report of activity....Flesh-eating parasites are on the rise in the US ....Why do snakes flick their tongues?....

Huge comet discovery

Astronomers have discovered a comet so big, it might actually be a minor planet. The object, named 2014 UN271, is falling toward the sun for a 'close approach' outside the orbit of Saturn in early 2031. Promising signs of outgassing have already been detected.  Full story @ Spaceweather.com.

Although the birth of Boner Billy was unexpected, hence the name 'Boner', a Vaudeville term for a silly mistake. As you will soon learn, Boner 'Bronco' Billy, a true American hero was anything but a silly mistake.

Documenting the life and times of American hero Boner Billy is a bit of a challenge due to the fact that Boner Billy's son, grandson, and great grandson have the same name without a name suffix, Junior, Senior, or Roman numerals, etc. Due to this lack of a suffix in their name, si it can be a little tricky documenting the rich history of this American hero.

Here is how the story goes; in the early summer of 1845 a young Boner Billy, along with John Frémont, Kit Carson and 54 other men left St. Louis on an expedition. The stated goal was to “map the source of the Arkansas River on the east side of the Rocky Mountains.” Upon reaching the Arkansas, expedition leader, John Frémont suddenly made a hasty trail straight to California, without explanation arriving in the Sacramento Valley in early winter of 1846.  FULL ARTICLE

Searching for a 'fox' in Jackson Park: Club teaches radio signals, map reading to local kids

Young participants in the Henderson County Parks and Recreation Exploration program recently went hunting for a fox in Jackson Park. However, this fox was not a live animal.

The fox was a miniature chirping radio transmitter hidden on the park grounds by members of the Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Club of Hendersonville.

The objective of the activity was to learn about radio signals and how to use specialized direction-finding antennas and radio receivers to locate the "fox."

The children, ages 7-12, who participate in the Exploration program were given instructions on how to use a handheld direction-finding antenna, radio and maps of the park to locate the electronic fox. The class was conducted by radio club President Charles Webb.

Upon completion, the children were assigned to groups of four to practice map-reading skills and use of radio equipment by radio club volunteers prior to attempting to find the fox transmitter.

Each group then began their search for the fox transmitter. Everyone took turns monitoring radios while searching for signal direction with their direction-finding antennas on a quest across the park grounds to locate the fox.

Because the fox transmitter only chirped for a few seconds every minute, the children quickly learned the value of their hand-held directional antennas in determining location of the fox relative to their constantly changing location in the park.

Lindsay Pressley, coordinator of the Exploration program, said “the activity provided the children with a great opportunity to get outside, explore nature, and get away from their computer games."

For almost an hour, the teams methodically zeroed in on the hidden fox transmitter and finally found it hiding at the edge of a wooded area just beyond the soccer fields. Once located, all teams returned to their starting point at one of the Jackson Park pavilions to review what they had learned from the activity.

Read the full story including pictures

New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
KA1BXB-Don...Regular on 3928 afternoons....just don't mention politics to him, please!
WB1ABC- Ari..Bought an amp and now we can here him on 75 meters, worships his wife, obsessed with Id'ing
N1BOW-Phil...Retired broadcast engineer, confused and gullible, cheap, only uses single ply toilet paper
KB1OWO- Larry...Handsome Fellow ,only cuts lawn in August, plows snow the rest in Jackman, Maine
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 
K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent Key Neil -K1YPM .....a true gentleman
Silent Key K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....